The death of George Floyd in Minneapolis has caused enormous shock and outrage, both in the US and around the world. We offer his family and all that knew him our deepest condolences and we want to acknowledge the pain and anger that many of our community have been feeling. We stand in solidarity with our Black students, staff and wider community.

At times like this, feelings of shock, numbness, anger and pain are understandable. And they are shared by many across our community.

At times like this, it is not enough to think this is something remote from us, that it has happened in a different continent, in a different country and society.

And at times like this, it is not enough to be against racism in silence.

As a University, we must acknowledge that racism exists across our society and country, including here at Bath. We know we still have much to do to address issues of racism, inequality and diversity in our own community and society. We want to hear and understand the experiences and voices of our Black students and staff, as well as taking action to address racism.

Racism and discrimination is an issue for every member of our community and we all have a responsibility to speak out about the racial inequalities in our society. We encourage all our students and staff to be active allies and report instances of racism and discrimination through our Report and Support tool.

Our Wellbeing Advisors are here to support any student who needs support at this time, and the SU’s Advice Service is also available. Our Employee Assistance Service is there to help our staff members.