Here at the Advice and Counselling Service we wish to express our recognition of the trauma and distress faced by black students, following the appalling murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and others in the US, alongside the impact of all forms of racism here in the UK and across the globe. The impact on students and staff at Queen Mary University of London is profound.
We are committed to improving the diversity of our teams and are currently working to improve our awareness and understanding of the ways in which racism impacts the psychological health of our student population.
Although at the moment we are not able to guarantee that we can offer ethnically matched counsellors for BAME students who would prefer this, we are open to hearing from students and working to help provide culturally sensitive support at this difficult time. All students wishing to access counselling services to help address these, as well as any other issues, are welcome to get in touch using the web-form, here.
Queen Mary Students' Union have developed a resources page on Black Lives Matter which can be found here. It includes links to self-care tips.
Queen Mary Library
Students and staff have access to resources through the library (if you have not already registered you can do so here). The library currently has the following relevant titles available as e-books:
- Reni Eddo-Lodge, Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race
- Robin Diangelo, White Fragility
Anti-racist organisations working to promote equality and offering a range of support, including psychological support, at the moment include:
- The Black African and Asian Therapy Network (BAATN). BAATN also has a list of nationwide free resources for young people here.
- The Yellow Couch Collective - a US-based support service for Black Women.
- The Big White Wall (which all Queen Mary students can access using their Queen Mary login details) has announced a change to its name and is an anonymous safe space students can access peer support for many issues.
- Stop Hate UK - a national charity
- The Black Training & Enterprise Group (BTEG) - a national charity aiming to end racial inequality through education and employment
- Southall Black Sisters - a West London based charity which, among other things, runs an Advice, Advocacy and Resource centre in West London providing a comprehensive service to women experiencing violence and abuse and other forms of inequality
- Runnymede Trust - a national think-tank leading the debate on racial inequality
- Stephen Lawrence Trust - a national charity which aims to get rid of institutional barriers in front of young people
- 100 Black Men of London - a London based charity aiming to lift young black people up through education and mentoring
- Access UK - a national charity providing career services for marginalised people
- The Amos Bursary - a national charity working to reduce the gap in prospects between young black people and young white people
- Generating Genius - a London based Charity aiming to open doors to STEM careers for BAME students
- The Reach Out Project - a London based charity opening up new opportunities for young BAME people
- UK Black Pride - Europe's largest celebration for African, Asian, Middle Eastern, Latin American and Caribbean-heritage LGBTQIA+ people
- Operation Black Vote - a national charity which aims to increase the number of BAME people who vote in the UK
If you or someone else have experienced bullying and harassment, hate crimes or gender-based violence, Queen Mary's Report + Support is a platform for accessing support information about specialist services or make a report to the university.
Information about Queen Mary policies and procedures, including information for students accessing the Advice and Counselling Service about confidentiality and data protection is available here.