One year on from the death of George Floyd, and the eruption of the Black Lives Matter movement into a global call for meaningful change on race equity, and it’s time to take stock. UK universities have made significant commitments to race equity in the past year, but black students and staff rightly expect sustained progress and momentum to achieve real change for the long term.

At this Wonkhe @ Home event, hosted by Amatey Doku, we explored the critical path for making progress happen on the ground, with case studies of two universities who are working to drive change forward on race equity.

You can find a recording and chat box of the event here.

Further resources:

Amatey’s slides from the opening session (to follow)

Amatey’s article for Wonkhe on turning strategy into action

London Met’s race equity strategic plan

Sofia Akel’s article on decolonising the curriculum

Homepage for Decolonising DMU

Our event (and its accompanying resources) from last year is still available online.

The Agenda ran as follows:

09.30  Moving from strategy to action: addressing all aspects of racial inequality

10.00 Creating a comprehensive race equity strategy, with London Metropolitan University

10.30 Break

10.45 Decolonising the curriculum, with De Montfort University

11.15 Panel: what is needed to drive meaningful change on race equity?

12.00 Close of event

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One year on from the death of George Floyd, and the eruption of the Black Lives Matter movement into a global call for meaningful change on race equity, and it’s time to take stock. UK universities have made significant commitments to race equity in the past year, but black students and staff rightly expect sustained progress and momentum to achieve real change for the long term.

At this Wonkhe @ Home event, hosted by Amatey Doku, we explored the critical path for making progress happen on the ground, with case studies of two universities who are working to drive change forward on race equity.

You can find a recording and chat box of the event here.

Further resources:

Amatey’s slides from the opening session (to follow)

Amatey’s article for Wonkhe on turning strategy into action

London Met’s race equity strategic plan

Sofia Akel’s article on decolonising the curriculum

Homepage for Decolonising DMU

Our event (and its accompanying resources) from last year is still available online.

The Agenda ran as follows:

09.30  Moving from strategy to action: addressing all aspects of racial inequality

10.00 Creating a comprehensive race equity strategy, with London Metropolitan University

10.30 Break

10.45 Decolonising the curriculum, with De Montfort University

11.15 Panel: what is needed to drive meaningful change on race equity?

12.00 Close of event

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Speakers

  • Amatey Doku

    Consultant, Nous Group

    Amatey Doku is a consultant at Nous Group

  • Sofia Akel

    Race equity lead, Centre for Equality and Inclusion, London Metropolitan University

    Sofia Akel is an education activist and researcher, campaigning and leading work to tackle institutional racism in education, including the awarding gap, academic pipeline and decolonising education. She has worked in a number of universities and students’ unions, holding various elected, specialist and consultancy roles. Currently, she is leading London Metropolitan University’s race equity work … Continued

  • Kaushika Patel

    Deputy pro vice chancellor for equality, diversity and inclusion, De Montfort University

    Kaushika is the Deputy Pro Vice Chancellor for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) and Deputy Dean for the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences at De Montfort University (DMU). Kaushika’s Deputy PVC role of leading Equality, Diversity and Inclusion includes being Director of the Decolonising DMU project, Chair of the University Race Equality Charter Committee, … Continued

  • Kaye Towlson

    Academic Team Manager (information literacy), De Montfort University

    Kaye Towlson is a member of the Decolonising DMU project team working to create an anti-racist university. She leads the Library workstream which focuses on the Library Collection, Library spaces and services, Library workforce and raising awareness. Work here includes diversifying the collection, advocacy for decolonising reading lists, events and discussion forum to share experience … Continued

  • Dorothy Chirwa

    President, Newcastle University Students' Union

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  • Omar Khan

    Director, Centre for Transforming Access and Student Outcomes in HE (TASO)

    Omar Khan is Director of the Centre for Transforming Access and Students Outcomes in Higher Education (TASO). Omar joined TASO from race equality think tank the Runnymede Trust, where he had been Director since 2014. Prior to this, Omar was Head of Policy at the Runnymede Trust and led its financial inclusion programme. Omar holds … Continued

  • Rotimi Akinsete

    Associate dean of students, University of the Arts, London

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  • Arun Verma

    Head of the Race Equality Charter, Advance HE

    Arun Verma is a leading specialist on integrating intersectionality, equality and inclusion across national and global policy and programmes and in post as the Head of the Race Equality Charter for Advance HE. He completed his PhD exploring the role of intersecting identities in health professions education and has gone on to implement race equality … Continued