Supporting diversity

We mark Black History Month, valuing diversity in our University and the benefits this brings to students and staff throughout the year.

We explore the cultures and histories of people of African descent through our research and teaching, and the activities of our staff and students.  

Black History Month activities

All students and staff are encouraged to attend this year’s Black History Month activities.

From The Seven Saints of St Pauls Art & Heritage Trail to a Pan African Festival, and Professor David Olusoga speaking on Windrush, this exciting programme has been pulled together by the student BME Network in collaboration with the Bristol SU events team and BME Success Programme

The Centre for Black Humanities

Find out more about our research interests in the intellectual work of black people in Africa and African diasporas.

Our University welcomes a diverse community of staff and students from across the globe. Our ambition is to be an inclusive and diverse organisation, and endorsing Black History Month allows us to share activities of our staff and students with local communities. We are part of a city with a long history of challenging issues related to Black culture, but we hope to build closer connections with BAME communities.

Professor Nishan Canagarajah, Pro Vice-Chancellor

BAME Staff Advisory Group

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BME Network Student page

BME Student Network provides a safe space within the University of Bristol Students’ Union for self-identifying BME students at Bristol. Follow us on Facebook.

Black History Month 2019

The Seven Saints of St Pauls® Art &
Heritage Trail
3, 8, 20 & 28 October, Malcolm X
Community Centre, 6pm, Students (£3) Staff (£5)

Inspiration Bristol Scientists
9 October 2019, 4:15pm - 5:30pm, Free

David Olusoga: We Need to Talk About Windrush
11 October, 6:30pm, The Anson Rooms, £5

Poetry Evening with Tjawangwa Dema and Vanessa Kisuule
18 October, 6:30pm, The Anson Rooms Bar, £2

Being Black and Politically Active
29 October, 7:00pm, The Anson Rooms, Free

Pan-African Festival
30 October, 6:00pm, The Anson Rooms, Free

See full listing and book tickets at

Bristol BME Power List

In joint partnership, the University, Bristol Students's Union and Bristol 24/7 have published the names of Bristol's 100 most inspiring and influential Black and Minority Ethnic People, as nominated by members of the Bristol community. The aim of the Bristol BME Powerlist is to improve links between students and the wider Bristol community, and to provide students with more visible BME role models to inspire them in their own careers, activities and engagement with the city.

Windrush Generation - Hostile Environment Bill: student poem

Windrush migrant and MA student, Eulinda Antonette Clarke-Akalanne, delivers a thought-provoking performance of her poem about the experiences of the Windrush Generation and the Hostile Environment Bill 2013.

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