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Union launches BAME student experience survey

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The Students’ Union has launched a survey has been set up which aims to look at, and get a better understanding of issues facing BAME students within the university both on and off campus.

This comes after a recent announcement from the Union’s Sabbatical Officers, which they have said they recognise that racism and racial discrimination is a very real problem facing students at Stirling University on campus and in the local community. 

Following this recognition, union staff working alongside members of the BAME community have designed a survey to try and get a better understanding of the issues facing students from BAME communities.

The survey has been carefully and sensitively designed to explore, in depth, the different facets of this issue.

In the announcement published by the Students’ Union it said: “We hope that by hearing the experiences of our BAME students both on and off campus, we can get a clearer idea of how we in the Union can work with the University to best support our BAME students and develop an anti-racist culture in Stirling. 

“We also understand how traumatic and difficult it can be to re-visit these experiences while filling out this survey, so to support individuals at the end of the survey we will provide a list of resources.”

Union President Amy Smith said: “As Sabbatical Officers we recognise that racism and racial discrimination is a very real problem facing students at the University of Stirling on campus and in the local community.

“In an effort to better understand the issues affecting students from the BAME community, we have designed this survey in collaboration and consultation with members of the BAME community in order to carefully and sensitively explore, in depth, the different facets of this issue.

“We’re exceptionally grateful for this input and help from those involved. Please only complete this survey if you are a member of the BAME community.”

Anyone who completes the survey is thanked for sharing their experiences, while this survey can be a key step to developing an anti-racist culture at the University of Stirling and Stirling Students’ Union.

Additionally, if you have any issues with the content in the survey, or any further feedback, you can email theunion@stir.ac.uk were your information will be treated confidentially. 

Please only complete the survey if you are a member of the BAME community.

The survey can be found here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1V6MAmQM6WH4gsQI7lnUA_LlT9g-P0aj9NFKZp4r41Vo/viewform?edit_requested=true

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