A message from our Principal

Edinburgh Napier committed to addressing the scourge of racism

Date posted

10 June 2020

10:44

Too frequently, our BAME colleagues, friends and students encounter incidents of racism in their lives.Principal and Vice Chancellor, Prof Andrea Nolan
 
I want to make clear, both personally and on behalf of the Edinburgh Napier community, we will do all we can as a University to address the scourge of racism.
 
Edinburgh Napier is committed to diversity and inclusion in its fullest sense. We will address racism directly through our actions in our educational programs, our research and support for businesses, our policy advice and development, our disciplinary practice and in our public engagement. We will push for a society that is equitable and kind, where people do not have to fear for their lives because of the colour of their skin, and where everyone has the same opportunities to grow, thrive and enjoy their lives. And we will be judged by our actions.
 
We've always been committed to equality and diversity and are known as a friendly, supportive university. In recent years, we have made huge improvements in terms of gender equality and in recognising and supporting our LGBT+ community, for example. We will continue to work hard to ensure we do the same for our student and staff BAME community – we have zero tolerance for discrimination of any sort.
 
In the meantime, if you do suffer or witness discrimination of any kind, please report this through our Report and Support scheme. You can do this anonymously if you wish.
 
While we may at times feel despair at the tragic, hate-inspired, events we have recently witnessed and struggle with how to root out and address racism, I am certain that we can begin by being compassionate, supportive and fully inclusive in our actions. As a University we are committed to an intentional and unwavering effort to celebrate diversity and treat each other with kindness, respect, collaboration and accountability, consistent with our core value of inclusion.
 
I welcome any suggestions and feedback on what we could be doing better. We understand culture change is a journey – please be assured that our efforts continue.

Professor Andrea Nolan
Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Edinburgh Napier University