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Race Equity through Pedagogy Conference: Registration Open!

Race Equity through Pedagogy Conference

1 July 2019 09.30 – 16.00

Hosted at Sheffield Hallam University

in partnership with HERAG and the University of Warwick

Registration now open!

Dear colleagues

Click here to register for the Race Equity through Pedagogy Conference taking place at Sheffield Hallam University on 1 July 2019. There are a limited number of free tickets available per department – contact your Head of Department to find out if the places are still available. Additional tickets will be available for £55 using booking reference HERAG when prompted.

Full details of the conference are available on the conference web page.


Email questions to narrowingthegaps@shu.ac.uk

Continuous Professional Development

Disparities in Attainment series: book now via Core Portal

The degree awarding gap, also called the degree attainment gap, between white and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME students) is complex problem that continues to challenge the Higher Education sector. That said, academic staff, through their core role as learning and teaching experts, alongside the professional services that support learning and teaching, are a major part of the solution. The Disparity in Attainment series of Continuous Professional Development have been designed to build race equity into the core of everything we do at Hallam. 

The CPD sessions are now available for all academic and professional service staff to book onto via the Core Portal. We would be grateful if you could disseminate widely and also encourage staff to attend who may not be directly involved in initiatives that support narrowing the gap.

To book on to the Disparity in Attainment CPD sessions, log into Core Portal and select ‘Training’ in the Employee Portal. Enter Disparity in the Keywords box to find and book the sessions.

For more information on what sessions are available, view the upcoming events page on the Narrowing the Gaps website.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact narrowingthegaps@shu.ac.uk

Race Equity through Pedagogy Conference: call for proposals

Race Equity through Pedagogy Conference: call for proposals

1st July 2019 10.00 – 16.00

Hosted at Sheffield Hallam University


The need to better conceptualise, confront and mitigate racism’s negative impacts is currently high on the HE agenda. An example of this is the call to ‘decolonise’ the curriculum which is gathering momentum, especially in relation to  addressing the differentials in degree outcomes between students from Black, Asian and Minoritised Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds and white students. This is a persistent and systemic issue for the sector and sustained efforts to address inequalities in HE is an imperative.  

Teaching anti-racism is, however, a political project. Anti-racist pedagogies require us to benefit and empower BAME students, to move beyond positioning BAME students as cultural experts or witnesses and help fostering anti-racist language. Using the curriculum to address the structures and practices of embedded racism and entrenched power relations can be challenging and generate resistance; consequently this requires us to think differently about our practices.

Against the backdrop of  ongoing debates around the need to better conceptualise, confront and eradicate racism, there also is a need to provide a space for staff, students and indeed institutions to move beyond debates into action. Consequently, Sheffield Hallam University, in partnership with the University of Warwick and the Higher Education Race Action Group (HERAG), is pleased to host the Race Equity through Pedagogy Conference.

This one-day conference will bring together those committed to eradicating racial inequality and inequitable outcomes in higher education through the provision of socially-just, anti-racist pedagogies.

The aims of the conference are therefore to:

  • share effective practice in relation to, amongst others, anti-racist pedagogies; pedagogies for social justice and equity; pedagogies which challenge post-colonial white privilege
  • support the rejection of ‘toolkit teaching’ towards the development of reflexive, praxis-driven, pedagogies for social justice
  • help foster a community of scholars, academics, professional services staff, and students committed to enhancing racial and ethnic equality in higher education

The specific focus of the conference will be on reducing, and ultimately eradicating barriers to degree attainment and academic outcomes for students from Black, Asian and Minoritised Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds.

The conference will be held in partnership between Sheffield Hallam University, the University of Warwick and the Higher Education Race Action Group (HERAG).

Call for proposals: workshops, case studies or presentations of papers

Deadline for submission of proposals: Friday 29 March

Session type Duration Description
Workshop 50-55 mins A blend of input and discussion.
Case study 25 mins An example of good practice with time for questions.
Presentation 25 mins A presentation about your research paper with time for questions.

Classroom space and AV equipment will be provided.

Questions about proposal submissions may be sent to Emma Robinson: e.robinson@shu.ac.uk

Submit a proposal

Please complete a Submission form to submit your session proposal.

Deadline for submissions: Friday 29 March

Notifications for successful submissions: Monday 15 April

Please note that attendees are required to register and pay to attend – this is at a reduced rate.

Fees are:
SU attendees Warwick/Hallam, and lead presenters                             Free (numbers capped)
HERAG members, Warwick/Hallam staff, and co-presenters              £55
Early Bird (other attendees)                                                                           £65
Full Cost (other attendees)                                                                             £75

Registration details to follow.

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