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Race Equality

What does BME mean?

Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) is the terminology normally used in the UK to describe people of non-white descent. However those that fall within this grouping and its sub-groups are far from homogeneous and it is not always easy to categorise them using a standard format.

What monitoring categories do we use at King's?

For the purpose of our Race Equality work, and to ensure compatibility with current systems and processes in place at King's, (such as the HESA return), and allow us to benchmark our findings against others within the sector, we use the 2011 Census ethnicity categories for monitoring purposes, see the list below.

What if none of the categories apply?

This list has been adopted to enable the majority of staff and students at King's to be able to identify themselves in a manageable way. However it is not always easy to produce a system which allows every ethnicity to be easily categorised. An 'Other ethnicity' box is available if you feel that none of the other categories apply to you and so that no staff/students are excluded.

Which categories fall within BME?

All the groups below apart from the White category are normally termed BME.  This includes the Asian, Black, Mixed and Other ethnicity groups. However we are aware that the White group in itself is very diverse and includes many sub-groups, some of whom may also deserves attention from an equalities perspective.

Ethnic Group




Asian or Asian British




Any other Asian background

Black or Black British



Any other Black background




White and Asian

White and Black African

White and Black Caribbean

Any other mixed background



Gypsy or traveller


Any other ethnic background

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