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Equality and diversity

A progressive College which values its diverse community

We have made a commitment to promote equality, value diversity and maintain an environment for study, work and living in which the rights and dignity of all our members are respected. We acknowledge that the responsibility lies with each of us to robustly challenge discrimination and we stand together with anyone in our community who is adversely affected by discrimination, and will provide support. We encourage its reporting by those who witness it as well as those who suffer it.

Hughes Hall echoes Vice-Chancellor, Professor Stephen J Toope’s, words that ‘Any words or actions that suggest talent is determined by colour, or by gender, or by sexual orientation are wrong, and have no place at Cambridge…Equality and diversity must become deeply and irreversibly embedded in the University’s core work – whether it is education, research or administration.’

Students, staff, Fellows and other Senior Members come from a wide range of backgrounds and nationalities, and enjoy being in a location close to Mill Road with its cosmopolitan shops and restaurants. We are proudly multinational, with students from more than 80 countries. Everyone at Hughes has arrived by a different route, with a different background, and brings different experiences, strengths and stories to their studies. That’s what makes life here so varied and fulfilling. The gates to our Gresham Court accommodation were sculpted by a well-known architectural blacksmith – the 117 marigolds represent all the different countries that our students have come from.

We are very proud of our diversity – the 117 marigolds on our College gates represent all the different countries that our students have come from.

Hughes Hall is proud to celebrate Black History Month, Transgender Awareness Week, and LGBT History Month every year. We work with MCR equality officers to hold a themed Formal Hall for each, and a range of events are organised by our community.  You can read more about LGBTQ+ and race and gender at Hughes Hall, and the wider university environment.

We aim to be accountable, inclusive and diverse in terms of our College communities. This page summarises our efforts in this area and links to recently undertaken survey data regarding diversity at Hughes Hall in terms of race and gender. Papers with more detailed figures, can be found here (staff and Senior Members) and here (students).

Disability and access

Visitors who would like to find out more about arrangements for those with disabilities, including those with specific learning difficulties, can find out more in the Access section, and students and potential applicants who want to know more can also check the student Disability page for useful links. You are welcome to contact the Senior Tutor, Dr Tori McKee, or the Tutorial Office to discuss your needs in more detail.

Hughes Hall works with AccessAble to provide comprehensive access guides to our site in the widest sense; for everyone in our community and for every visitor to our buildings and grounds.

These detailed guides provide accurate information related to all aspects of access, from the approach to College, route planning and journeys around our grounds to the accessibility of individual rooms, virtual access guides and facilities. Please see the AccessAble Access Guide to Hughes Hall as well as the information below.

Equality, diversity and welfare support

Hughes Hall students are encouraged to speak with their tutor if they have any concerns or questions about equality and diversity matters. There is further information on welfare support at Hughes Hall in our Students’ Welfare section, including how to contact our Head of Welfare, College Nurse and Counsellor.

We have a number of tutors who lead on support for specific groups and can be contacted if you are encountering specific difficulties or have things you would like to see in terms of tailored support:

  • Race Equality Champion: Dr Othman Cole (oc219@hughes.cam.ac.uk)
  • Parent and Caregiver Champion: Meena Singh (mvs20@hughes.cam.ac.uk)
  • Disability Champion: Alison Nicholson (an452@hughes.cam.ac.uk)
  • LGBTQ+ Champion: Prof Arthur Hibble (agh32@hughes.cam.ac.uk)
  • Gender Equality Champion: Dr Fatmah Mish Ebrahim (fe279@hughes.cam.ac.uk)
  • Harassment Support Tutor: Annemarie Young (aey20@hughes.cam.ac.uk)
  • Harassment Support Tutor: Martin Hadley Brown (mh605@hughes.cam.ac.uk).

There are MCR Welfare and Equality Officers, (including a Female and Non-binary Welfare Officer, Male and Non-binary Welfare Officer and an Equality and LGBTQ+ Officer) whose roles include support and promotion of inclusion and equality.

And, Dr Tori McKee, Senior Tutor, is always available to discuss all welfare matters with students: senior.tutor@hughes.cam.ac.uk. Contact details for all our tutors and the Tutorial Office are available on our Tutors page.