Accessibility statement


Our staff and students have a range of backgrounds and come from a variety of countries. This international community brings a wealth of benefits to the Department of Biology. We are focused on welcoming and supporting all BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) students and staff throughout their time at York.

The Department of Biology has BAME staff and student representatives who attend the BioEDG Committee (Biology Equality and Diversity Group). Additionally, informal events such as "Coffee and Cake" events are held within the Department for both staff and students.

Upcoming events include:

BioEDG Quiz! 8.00pm Wednesday 24th February 

BioEDG Virtual Meet-up 11.00-12.00 Thursday 11 March 

(zoom links available in the staff / student newsletters) 


BAME Student Representatives can be contacted through the Biology Engagement team at

BAME Staff Representative: Dr Ville Friman -

At a wider level, we are also working with YUSU (University of York's Student Union) in a Participatory Action Research Project. This project is focussed on enhancing dialogues around equality, inclusivity and identity. It aims to strengthen connections between YUSU, liberation groups within the Department of Biology and the University.  This project particularly encourages those who identify as a BAME, LGBTQ+, disabled, and/or international student to sign up. For more details about the project, please contact Nick Glover (YUSU Student Voice and Insight Manager) at

For staff, the University's Staff Race Equality Forum was relaunched in early 2017. If you would like to become involved, please contact the Chair, Dr Rukmal Abeysekera at or the Deputy Chair, Dr Avtar Matharu at, or alternatively complete this form:  Staff Race Equality Forum.

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