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Statement in response to the death of George Floyd

​June 4, 2020

"We speak on behalf of our University when we say that we were struck last week by the senseless and tragic death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, the impact of which has been felt across the world. 

"The events over the last few days have highlighted longstanding inequalities, discrimination and fundamental issues that we must address locally, nationally and globally. We recognise that these events are naturally going to generate great upset and anxiety for many in our One Cardiff Met community where our commitment to diversity is one of our four values.  

"Our university stands alongside everyone who has been a target of hate, based on racial identity, sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnicity or religion. As a University and community, we are fully committed to eliminating racial inequalities and tackling the structures and cultures that support racism through our ongoing and future activities. We want to lead enduring change. 

"Our Strategic Equality Plan 2020-24 sets out our four overarching objectives to positively drive equality, diversity and inclusion forward at Cardiff Met, recognising the importance of working collaboratively with our staff, students, international and local communities. We know that we have more to do to increase the diversity of our staff and student body, to close the BAME pay and promotion gap, and to improve recruitment, retention and degree outcomes for students from BAME backgrounds. 

"At this time of deep sadness and discontent, our student support services and networks are here to support and represent you, now and at all times, as we strive for fairness, equality, and change that endures. 

"If you have been affected by the recent events, please do not hesitate to contact our Equality Office at Equality@cardiffmet.ac.uk or our Students Union at StudentUnion@cardiffmet.ac.uk.

"Our Chaplaincy team are also available to those of all cultural identities, orientations, faith, and those of none, and offers a welcoming, confidential and safe environment available to you all.  They are expert listeners and are experienced in supporting staff and students through any challenges you may have experienced. You can contact the Chaplaincy Team at PFitzpatrick@cardiffmet.ac.uk or ABahadur-Kutkut@cardiffmet.ac.uk."

Vice-Chancellor’s Executive Group