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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. The Senior Members, staff, and students of Hughes Hall believe that all forms of discrimination and harassment are unacceptable. 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. If you would like to hear from some Hughes Hall students and researchers about their experiences with regard to wider inclusion, diversity and equality issues, these TEDx talks are a great resource: TEDxCambridgeUniversity, and Hughes News pieces such as these address some key issues: Flipping the narrativeGetting the most out of life, Calling new and expecting parentsYou can’t be what you can’t seeMy journey to Hughes Hall…via the Pakistan space agency and Celebrating Hughes Hall women in STEM.

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 and are welcome to contact the Disability Equality Officer to discuss their needs.

Equality, diversity and welfare contacts

Hughes Hall students are encouraged to speak with their tutor initially if they have any concerns or questions about equality and diversity matters. There are also a number of MCR Committee students 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.

The College’s Race Equality Champion, and Hughes Hall Fellow, Dr Othman Cole, is available for students with concerns related to race and ethnicity issues and takes the lead in promoting equality for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic students. Dr Corinne Roughley takes a lead for the College in Disability and Welfare matters, as well as Harassment and Sexual Misconduct support, alongside Dr Martin Hadley-Brown. Dr Philip Johnston, Senior Tutor, is also available to discuss all welfare matters with students.


Dr Othman Cole, Race Equality Champion and Governing Body Fellowoc219@hughes.cam.ac.uk
Dr Corinne Roughley, Disability Equality Officer, Harassment Support Tutor, Deputy Senior Tutor (Welfare)equality.officer@hughes.cam.ac.uk
Dr Tori McKee, Senior Tutor senior.tutor@hughes.cam.ac.uk
Dr Martin Hadley-Brown, Harassment Support Tutormh605@hughes.cam.ac.uk