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Shine Black Asian and Minority Ethnic Staff Network

BAME Buddy Scheme

The Shine BAME Staff Network is pleased to announce the launch of its BAME Buddy scheme. The scheme is a way for BAME (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic) members of staff to meet with other BAME staff for friendly, non-judgemental conversations about their experiences at the university. Whether your experiences are positive or not, BAME Buddies are there to listen and support.


BAME Buddies don’t offer expert advice and we are not a substitute for the Diversity team, who you should speak to you if want to report harassment, discrimination or victimisation based on race or any other protected characteristics.


The Diversity team can be contacted via email at


If you would like to become a BAME Buddy, please speak to the Shine Network Chair Dr Pathik Pathak at


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