Thank you to everyone who took part.

You can watch a recording below:

The slides presented at the start can be downloaded here.

Debbie McVitty’s write up of the event and a list of resources shared during the event is here.


The global wave of Black Lives Matter action in the wake of the brutal killing of George Floyd in Minnesota has fuelled a public conviction of the necessity and urgency of efforts to tackle racial inequalities across society.

In higher education, the issues are well-known: differential experience and attainment between BAME and white students; a lack of representation of people of colour in academia and at senior levels, a drumbeat of overt or implicit racial prejudice, and the weight of powerful histories and cultures that have privileged whiteness. In line with patterns of inequality in wider society, BAME staff and students tend to come from less privileged backgrounds.

Rapid action is essential; but actions must be practical, meaningful, sustainable, and shaped by the lived experience of people of colour working and studying in HE. At this Wonkhe @ Home, hosted by Amatey Doku, we’ll explore the themes shaping those experiences and aim to identify what must be done across universities to make higher education truly inclusive.

Running order:

  1. Introduction: what would a whole-institution approach to tackling racism look like? With Amatey Doku
  2. Studying and working in academic communities: confronting bias and prejudice with Jason Arday and Paulette Williams.
  3. Intersections – capturing and acting on lived experience with Marilyn Holness and Hillary Gyebi-Ababio.
  4. Leadership: who are the leaders and what are their responsibilities? With Randall Whittaker

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Thank you to everyone who took part.

You can watch a recording below:

The slides presented at the start can be downloaded here.

Debbie McVitty’s write up of the event and a list of resources shared during the event is here.


The global wave of Black Lives Matter action in the wake of the brutal killing of George Floyd in Minnesota has fuelled a public conviction of the necessity and urgency of efforts to tackle racial inequalities across society.

In higher education, the issues are well-known: differential experience and attainment between BAME and white students; a lack of representation of people of colour in academia and at senior levels, a drumbeat of overt or implicit racial prejudice, and the weight of powerful histories and cultures that have privileged whiteness. In line with patterns of inequality in wider society, BAME staff and students tend to come from less privileged backgrounds.

Rapid action is essential; but actions must be practical, meaningful, sustainable, and shaped by the lived experience of people of colour working and studying in HE. At this Wonkhe @ Home, hosted by Amatey Doku, we’ll explore the themes shaping those experiences and aim to identify what must be done across universities to make higher education truly inclusive.

Running order:

  1. Introduction: what would a whole-institution approach to tackling racism look like? With Amatey Doku
  2. Studying and working in academic communities: confronting bias and prejudice with Jason Arday and Paulette Williams.
  3. Intersections – capturing and acting on lived experience with Marilyn Holness and Hillary Gyebi-Ababio.
  4. Leadership: who are the leaders and what are their responsibilities? With Randall Whittaker

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Speakers

  • Amatey Doku

    Consultant, Nous Group

    Amatey Doku is a consultant at Nous Group

  • Jason Arday

    Assistant Professor in Sociology, Durham University

    Jason Arday is an Assistant Professor in Sociology at Durham University in the Department of Sociology

  • Marilyn Holness

    Professor of Education Engagement and Practice and Director of Student Engagement, University of Roehampton

    Marilyn Holness OBE is Professor of Education Engagement and Practice and Director of Student Engagement at the University of Roehampton

  • Randall Whittaker

    Pro-Vice Chancellor Academic, Leeds Arts University.

    Randall Whittaker is Pro-Vice Chancellor Academic at Leeds Arts University

  • Paulette Williams

    Head of Student Success Projects and co-lead BAME awarding project, University College London
  • Hillary Gyebi-Ababio

    Vice President (HE), NUS

    Hillary Gyebi-Ababio is Vice President (Higher Education) at NUS. 

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