Press release

Racism and 'Black Lives Matter' – our commitment to all

Published on 3 June 2020

Our statement on racism, 'Black Lives Matter' and our commitment to equality and fairness

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The founding principles of our University were made with equality and fairness at their heart. These principles continue to be our guiding light in everything we do. They are a challenge to ourselves that we must individually and collectively live up to.

Events in the USA have again given all of us reason to reflect on what is happening both there and in Scotland. We acknowledge the hurt and upset within the Black community. 'Black Lives Matter' is a statement that we all must not only support in our words but our actions.

The University condemns racism and discrimination in all its forms. We are committed to an inclusive learning, research and working environment, to strong support for all of our staff and students, and to a fairer and more equitable society for all.  In line with this commitment, the University will continue to identify and challenge institutional racism in all that we do.

The University recognises that we have much to do in tackling racial inequalities, and through our commitment to the externally accredited Race Equality Charter, we aim to improve the representation, progression and success of minority ethnic staff and students within higher education.

We are proud to participate in the Race Equality Charter and restate our ongoing commitment to improving race equality for our staff and students.

We stand in support of our staff and our students.

If you are a member of staff or a student who needs support for any issues, please contact DUSA (, Student Services ( ) or your manager.

David Maguire

Interim Principal & Vice-Chancellor


Roddy Isles

Head of Corporate Communication

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