Guild and University joint statement regarding 2022 Black History Month

October this year sees both the University and Guild of Students celebrate Black History Month to recognise the incredible richness and diversity of Black and Brown heritage in the UK. 

We know this is an important time of year not just for black staff and students but for many staff and students who wish to learn more about black history and express support for colleagues and fellow students. Please do join us in showing your support for this important celebration. 

This year, the programme is based around both the UK and US Black History Month themes Time for Change: Action Not Words and Black Health and Wellness and has been put together by teams and individuals based in both Birmingham and Dubai.   

Black History Month also feels like an important moment to renew our commitment to jointly creating a fairer university for all, where everyone feels welcome, where we engage with and learn from our diverse community and where we challenge ourselves - as an institution and as individuals - to do better. 

The University is approaching the end of the second year of our 2021-24 Equality Diversity and Inclusion Scheme and as with this year, we will provide an update early in the new year to University Council, staff, students and our stakeholders. Please do look out for this.  

Thank you to everyone involved for their commitment to creating an inclusive culture at our university. 


Best wishes, 


Acacia Matthews                                       Adam Tickell 


President, Guild of Students                   Vice-Chancellor, University of Birmingham 


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