Equality and Diversity

Multicultural Staff Network

For academic year 2015/16 the University's Black or Minority Ethnic (BME) staff made up 7% of the workforce. The Multicultural Staff Network exists for all staff who consider themselves BME or have an interest in this diversity of cultures within the University. The staff network affords members the opportunity for:

  • Personal support and advice
  • Information and experience sharing
  • Networking; and
  • Involvement in University activities and events

The current membership is incredibly diverse, the nationalities represented include Irish, Indonesian, Indian and Greek among others. The Network looks to meet quarterly and has an elected chair and vice-chair.


2017 Monthly meetings - all held in the Chaplaincy 4pm-5pm.

Monday 6th March 

Wednesday 19th April

Tuesday 16th May

Why not come along to chat, discuss particular issues/concerns, or just to catch up with forum members.


Forum supporting the following up and coming events: 


 Black History Month- October 2017


BHM Film Festival

Jointly supported by the University and Portsmouth Film Society, a selection of screenings throughout October free to staff and student (all screenings taking place in the Eldon Screening Room (RM 1.10):


Hidden Figures

As the United States raced against Russia to put a man into space, NASA found untapped talent in a group of African-American female mathematicians that served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in U.S. history. Wednesday 4 Oct, 7pm (opening reception begins at a6:30pm)



Loving celebrates the real-life courage and commitment of an interracial couple, Richard and Mildred Loving, who married and then spent the next nine years fighting for the right to live as a family in their hometown. Wednesday 19 Oct, 7pm


I am not your negro

Narrated by Samuel. L. Jackson and with unprecedented access to James Baldwin's original work. A radical narration about race in America that tracks the lives of Martin Luther King Jr, Malcolm X and Medgor Evers. Will also include an introduction talk by Priscilla Igwe, Director of The New Black Film Collective, London. Wednesday 19 Oct, 7pm


A United Kingdom

In 1947, Seretse Khama, the King of Botswana, met Ruth Williams, a London office worker. Their proposed marriage was challenged not only by their families, but by the British and South African goverments. Screening includes a guest speaker from PRENO (Portsmouth Race Equality Network Organisation). Wednesday 25 Oct, 7:30pm



BHM Open Lecture

The Black Poppy Rose

A public lecture by Selena Carty, Founder of the BlackPoppyRose


The BlackPoppyRose was created in 2010, following the realisation that in a country that many African/Black/West Indian/Pacific Island people call home, the history that represents them has been displaced over the course of time. In this illustrated talk, Selena Carty will outline why it is so important to remember not only the soldiers but also the peoples in these communities who contributed in any way for the war effort.


Date: Wednesday 25 October 2017

Time: 6-7 pm, followed by a drinks reception

Venue: Portland Building, Portland Street, Portsmouth PO1 3AH


Admission is free - please reserve your place on Eventbrite






For more information please email multiculturalstaffnetwork@port.ac.uk or contact one of the following:

Maricar Jagger

Position: Chair
Email: maricar.jagger@port.ac.uk
Tel: +44 023 9284 3757

Hetal Maniar

Position: Vice-Chair
Email: hetal.maniar@port.ac.uk
Tel: +44 023 9284 5190