Loughborough University is proud to announce that it has become the first University in the UK to sign up to the Halo Code, which supports students and staff to wear their Afro hair how they choose to.

Signing up to the Halo Code means Loughborough is committed to ensuring that no student or staff member faces discrimination or detriment to their career or education because of the way they choose to wear their natural hair while at work or studying. It is also an opportunity for us as an organisation to proactively celebrate Black heritage and culture and demonstrates our commitment to act to address racial inequalities.

The Halo Code was developed by the Halo Collective, an alliance of organisations and individuals working to end hair discrimination, founded by young Black organisers from The Advocacy Academy.

They aim to influence employers and schools to change their understanding and acceptance of Afro-textured hair, and to help dismantle a culture of discrimination experienced by Black people who continue to face implicit or explicit pressures to conform, unwelcome comments, and outright unequal policies.

The adoption of the Halo Code was ratified by Human Resources Committee after the proposal received endorsement from the BAME Staff Network.

You can show your support for this initiative by downloading and printing a copy of the Halo Code to display in your building or office by downloading the PDF. The PDF also contains an alternative version with the Loughborough University London logo.