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Diversity and Inclusion Definitions

Anti-Semitism – A certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities. For the full IHRC working definition of Anti-Semitism see here

Homophobia and Biphobia – The fear or dislike of someone, based on prejudice or negative attitudes, beliefs or views about lesbian, gay or bi people. Homophobic bullying may be targeted at people who are, or who are perceived to be, lesbian, gay or bi.

Islamophobia – The fear, hatred of, or prejudice against the Islamic religion or Muslims generally. We are reviewing this definition to develop a statement on Islamophobia that is supported by students and staff of Muslim faith at BMet.

Racism – When a person is treated worse, excluded, disadvantaged, harassed, bullied, humiliated or degraded because of their race. Race includes people’s colour, ethnicity and nationality and national origins (including citizenship). At an organisational level racism can also be the collective failure to provide an inclusive environment to people because of their race. This is sometimes described as ‘institutional racism’, based on the definition recommended by Sir William Macpherson in the 1999 Lawrence report (UK).

Sexual harassment – Unwanted behaviour which has the purpose or effect of violating someone’s dignity on the basis of their sex, creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment.

Transphobia – The fear or dislike of someone based on the fact they are trans, including denying their gender identity or refusing to accept it. Transphobia may be targeted at people who are, or who are perceived to be, trans.


Should you wish to find out more please contact BMet’s Diversity and Inclusion Manager at or on 0121 227 2701.

Alternative formats are available on request.

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