Category: Story

Written by Emily Sena As I end my tenure as co-convenor of our Edinburgh Race Equality Network (EREN), I wanted to reflect on my experience of co-founding a staff network for race equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI), on our history and on what I learnt along the way. How it started Back in 2014, I […]

I read with keen interest a recent UoE EREN blog post on the topic of black internship programs. I am a black academic. I was drawn to the post because I have a personal experience as a parent of two young black persons who applied to undertake a paid internship initiative for black undergraduates and […]

Growing up I was born and raised in Scotland to Pakistani parents and went to school in Edinburgh. There were very few pupils from a minority ethnic background in my school and I was fortunate in having experienced very little racism in primary school and for much of my first couple of years in high […]

2020 was a difficult year but a highlight for me was joining EREN and trying to learn more about how to actively be anti-racist. This little blog post is to share a story with you of one thing that EREN inspired.  It’s a small thing, but I believe it’s important for people like me, who […]

In the wake of the posting of black squares on social media, institutions and academic stakeholders were again rightly criticised for virtue signalling. As a black academic who has been in this “business” for almost 20 years, I have been involved in many conversations with colleagues about how terrible it is we have so little […]

Invisible man

Among the BAME community I can say that I have lived something of a blessed existence. I suffer less than my peers across the board and there is one simple reason. I am mixed race, Colombian-British and as such, I can pass for White. I have lived in the UK my entire life, my accent […]


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