1st July 2019 09.30 – 16.00

Charles St Building, Sheffield Hallam University (City Campus)

  • Key notes from Dr. Gurnam Singh (Coventry University) and Dr. Ben Blaisdell (East Carolina University) alongside a drama performance by a student group from University of West London.
  • A range of workshops, presentations and case studies from colleagues across the sector.

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).