There is growing awareness in UCC that there are issues experienced by people of a minority ethnic background as a result of their ethnicity that must be addressed.  As a starting point, the UCC Equality Committee and the EDI Unit convened a Race Equality Working Group in early 2019 in order to explore what these issues are and how they may be addressed.  This working group became the Race Equality Forum, which provided a platform for BAME staff and students to air their experiences, identify issues and make suggestions as to how the university can improve.  This report is in the process of being drafted at present.

In tandem with this, the EDI Unit ran a workshop for academic staff, which focussed on Race Consciousness in Postgraduate Supervision, and a series of workshops for both staff and students on Race Consciousness in Higher Education.  These have been unfortunately interrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

More workshops and training are in the pipeline - more details to follow.

(Last updated June 2020)

Experiencing Racism

If you have been a victim of racism, whether overt, subtle or systemic, there are resources within UCC which may be of assistance.

UCC EDI Unit: www.ucc.ie/en/edi/ The EDI Unit is happy to advise students and staff on equality-related issues.

Students and staff seeking to make a formal complaint about an equality-related issue have a range of supports, which include (as relevant):

UCC Student Advisor and Ombudsman: https://www.ucc.ie/en/studentombudsman/

UCC Campus Watch: https://www.ucc.ie/en/studentexperience/campuswatch/

UCC Human Resources Business Manager (relevant to your University Area): https://www.ucc.ie/en/hr/people/

UCC Staff Ombudsman: https://www.ucc.ie/en/staffombudsman/

Other Supports for Staff

Employee Assistance Programme: https://www.ucc.ie/en/hr/eap/

Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT, UCC): Email chair.ucc@ifut.ie

Services Industrial Professional and Technical Union (SIPTU, UCC): Email g.hurley@ucc.ie

UCC Researcher Staff Association: https://www.ucc.ie/en/rsa/

Other Supports for Students

First Year Experience Co-Ordinator: https://www.ucc.ie/en/study/undergrad/orientation/first-year/

First Year Student Peer Support: https://www.ucc.ie/en/pass/

Student Counselling and Development: https://www.ucc.ie/en/studentcounselling/

Student Health Centre: https://www.ucc.ie/en/studenthealth/

Student Union Welfare Officer: welfare@uccsu.ie

UCC Niteline Listening service Mon-Thurs 9pm-1am: 1800 32 32 42 or Chat https://www.ucc.ie/en/pass/niteline/


If you have been subjected to racism or have witnessed a racist attack, the Irish Network Against Racism has set up iReport.ie a confidential Racist Incident Reporting System, which:

  • enables people who experience or witness racism and/or those supporting them to do something about it and break the silence.
  • provides a national, confidential and user-friendly way to report racism from any online device.
  • is used for monitoring racism in Ireland.
  • provides evidence and data on racism in Ireland.
  • is a resource to counter an increase in racism and hardening of racist attitudes.
  • responds to the need to focus the discussion on finding solutions to racism.

This is an important data-gathering inititiative, and we encourage everyone to make use of it.

Responding to racism guide: How to report racism and where to find help: On 4th April, ENAR Ireland launched their publication  ‘Responding to racism guide: How to report racism and where to find help’.

http://www.ireport.ie/: Authored by Shane O’Curry (ENAR Ireland) and Dr Lucy Michael (Ulster University), the iReport.ie Racist Incident Reporting System was launched in July 2013.

Racism in Higher Education

As institutions of higher education, aiming to create the next generation of thinkers and doers, we have a responsibility to tackle discrimination at every turn.  So what can Institutes of Higher Education do to tackle racism?

TitlePublicationDateReference Report
Colleges must take a new approach to systemic racism Inside Higher Ed 9th June 2020  
Universities can and should do much more to address systemic racism Timies Higher Education 12th June 2020  
How Higher Ed can fight racism: 'Speak up when it's hard' The Chonical of Higher Education 1st June 2020  
College to implement race and ethnicity general education requirement in fall 2021 The Emory Wheel 19th May 2020  
Harvard students are teaching Harvard ho to be anit-racist Curbed 11th June 2020  
What anti-racist teachers do differently The Atlantic 17th June 2020  

Loughborough University offers range of measures in recognition of race-based Covid-19 stress and anti-Black violence (13th October 2020)

Racism in Ireland

Ireland is fighting its own battle with racism, both overt and systemic.  Here are some article and discussions on Irish racism.

Anti-Traveller Racism:

TitlePublicationDateReference Report
Racism against Travellers 'embedded' in Irish Society RTÉ 10th June 2020  
Ireland's anti-Traveller hate speech is the respectable group prejudice Irish Times 9th June 2020  
Still 'significant discimination' towards Travellers Examiner 20th June 2019 Fourth Opinion on Ireland - CoE
Do Traveller lives matter? Extra.ie 6th June 2020  
Travellers urge end to racism as George Floyd buried Irish Times 9th June 2020  

INAR have published a number of articles on racism in Ireland: https://inar.ie/beyond-hate-crime-perspectives-on-racism-in-ireland/

TitlePublicationDateReference Report
Racist Ireland indictment exposes ignorance wrapped in a threadbare shroud Kilkenny Now 9th June 2020 Origin and Integration (ESRI)
Why Black Studies Matter in ireland and responding to the Murder of George Floyd Hot Press 8th June 2020  
Group wants anti-racism laws in Ireland FM104 10th June 2020  
'You dirty black *****' - I don't want to say the word out loud Irish Times 4th June 2020  
I was a dark secret Extra 8th June 2020  
'It's not political.  It's about racism.  I was so angry.' Breaking News 9th June 2020  
People of colour in Ireland need allies 'not bystanders' Irish Times 18th June 2020  

Violence against Racial and Ethnic Minorities

The recent events in the United States have focussed the world's attention on racism and violence against BAME communities and individuals.  We unequivocally condemn the use of violence and stand in full solidarity with our black and minority ethnic community.

There are many conversations happening around racism.  Here are some that may be of interest.

George Floyd, Minneapolis Protests, Ahmaud Arbery & Amy Cooper | The Daily Social Distancing Show (Trevor Noah)

Teaching Ideas and Resources to Help Students Make Sense of the George Floyd Protests (The New York Times)

Q&A: How To Talk To Kids About Black Lives and Police Violence (NPR)

Op-Ed: The moment the police approached George Floyd, the wheels of injustice started (Los Angeles Times)

Op-Ed: We need to #sayhername: Happy Birthday Breonna Taylor (Entertainment)

Why aren't we all talking about Breonna Taylor? (The New York Times)

Talking about Race

Recognising that white people often find it difficult to talk about race, here are a selection of resources and links that may assist:

Shad Khan writes op-ed addressing racism, systemic inequality (NFL)

Op-Ed: Here's a step you can take to help end racism - learn to talk about it (Los Angeles Times)

Op-Ed: White teachers need to check their racism before teaching it (Speak Up - Rossier online)

And here is a selection taken from Anti-racism resources for white people, as compiled by Sarah Sophie Flicker, Alyssa Klein in May 2020 (full list at link):




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Articles to read:



Films and TV series:

  • 13th (Ava DuVernay) — Netflix
  • American Son (Kenny Leon) — Netflix
  • Dear White People (Justin Simien) — Netflix
  • King In The Wilderness  — HBO
  • See You Yesterday (Stefon Bristol) — Netflix
  • Selma (Ava DuVernay) — Available to rent
  • The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution — Available to rent
  • The Hate U Give (George Tillman Jr.) — Hulu with Cinemax
  • When They See Us (Ava DuVernay) — Netflix 

More anti-racism resources:



A microagression is defined as being a statement, action, or incident regarded as an instance of indirect, subtle, or unintentional discrimination against members of a marginalized group such as a racial or ethnic minority.  The term was coined by professor Chester M. Pierce in 1970 to describe insults and dismissals which non-black Americans were witnessed inflicting on African Americans but is now applied to the casual degradation of any socially marginalised group.

Some publications on microagressions including examples and suggestions of how to respond are:

Examples of microagressions

Microagressions are a big deal...

Dear anti-racist allies: here's how to respond to microagressions

How to respond to microagressions

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