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Southampton Dean underlines importance of Black History Month in Royal Academy of Engineering interview

Published: 24 October 2018
Professor Bashir Al-Hashimi
Professor Bashir Al-Hashimi, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences

University of Southampton engineer Professor Bashir Al-Hashimi CBE has reflected upon racial diversity in academia and industry in a Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng) interview series marking Black History Month.

The Dean of Faculty, which includes the School of Chemistry, is one of over a dozen prominent black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) engineers who are sharing their stories this month in an online diversity series.

“I am pleased to see more and more high-tech companies embracing racial diversity through BAME post holders in key executive roles,” he says. “Whilst Black History Month provides a welcome opportunity to celebrate past achievements, it also enables us to consider next steps to embed a more inclusive, equal and racially-diverse culture at our institution.”

The University of Southampton signed the Equality Challenge Unit’s Race Equality Charter (REC) in 2016 and Bashir is leading the institution’s forthcoming submission for a Bronze Award. The University is committed to supporting equality and diversity for staff and students in higher education and invited widespread participation in the important discussion through an inaugural REC event which took place on Thursday 18th October.

A guide to Black History Month events taking place across Hampshire, marking the 70th anniversary of the Windrush generation, is available to download on the University website.

Bashir is an Arm Professor of Computer Engineering with a worldwide reputation for research into energy efficient and reliable embedded systems. Earlier this year, he was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for his services to engineering and industry.

You can read Bashir’s full interview with the RAEng through the Celebrating leading minority ethnic engineers online feature.

 

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