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Black History Month

A collection of events, activities and resources from around the sector relating to Black History Month.

ViewpointIn honour of Black History Month, The Skills Centre team member Naz explores the impact of the ethnicity pay gap in the UK and asks what we can do to tackle the problem

Sheffield Hallam Students’ Union

Join us in October to learn more about Black history and how to eradicate racism during SHU’s BHM 2020 celebration. Click the image to access the programme schedule.

Sheffield Hallam Students Union website

Canterbury Christ Church University

Have taken a different approach to Black History Month and instead are celebrating Black History 365 in recognition of the events this year, the urgent need to tackle racial inequalities and continuously celebrate the contributions of the Black community. Read more about What is Closing Our Gap Black History 365 and their events and activities.

The University of Glasgow

Have a comprehensive programme of events and activities throughout October 2020. You can also visit the listings on their Black History events page.

Durham University – BHM Programme 2020

Have a collection of events and activities throughout October 2020

Wednesday 14th October 2020

University of Northampton: #Black in the Ivory

Hosted by the Global Ethnic Majority staff network at University of Northampton. The 1pm event will feature presentations by scholar activists on the experiences of ‘Blackacademics’ and discussions on pathways for positive changes for equality and inclusion in the Higher Education sector.

Durham University – BHM Programme 2020: Black HERstory Series

A collection of events and activities throughout October 2020 including Dr Awino Okech at 3pm.
Dr Awino Okech is a lecturer at the Centre for Gender Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London Her teaching and research interests lie in the  nexus between gender, sexuality, security and nation or state making projects as they occur in conflict and post conflict societies Prior to her appointment at the Centre for Gender Studies at SOAS, Awino worked in the development sector across various sub regions in Africa for over decade.

Tuesday, 20th October 2020

Durham University: BHM Programme 2020 – Black History Now!

A collection of events and activities throughout October 2020 including an online panel discussion at 5.30pm – 6.30pm that explores the state of the field at a time when movements such as Black Lives Matter and Rhodes Must Fall have urged teachers, researchers, and a wider public to rethink the place of black history in schools and universities It features Dr Miranda Kaufmann, author of Black Tudors An Untold Story 2017 Dr Jason Arday author of The Black Curriculum Black British History in the National Curriculum 2020 and Dr Anne Heffernan, author of Limpopo’s Legacy Students Democracy in South Africa 2019. In advance of the discussion we encourage participants to watch Miranda Kaufmann’s Gresham College lecture ‘Black Tudors Three Untold Histories’ available via Youtube and explore the web pages of This event is supported by the Faculty of Arts & Humanities, University of Durham and takes place via Zoomvisit the Zoom room at the appropriate time.

Liverpool John Moores University: Let’s Talk About Race Equality | “Are We Missing the Point – Diversity or True Inclusion?” 

Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) are proud to present In conversation with Gillian Joseph, Sky News Presenter. An opportunity for all staff, students to attend the first ever virtual Roscoe Lecture at 1pm, during this year’s Black History Month. This event should provide participants with the chance to reflect on Race Equality in our nation, communities and organisations seeking ways of making tangible, visible change. This year’s keynote speaker is Gillian Joseph – Sky News Presenter, who anchored the global “Black Lives Matter” debate on sky news.

Oxford Brookes University: Be Ambitious and Model Excellence event

Dynamic, stimulating and challenging programme of events including this 6pm – 8pm event profiling Black Excellence and Redefining ‘BAME’ with internationally renowned entrepreneur Kanya King CBE MBE, founder and visionary of the MOBO (Music of Black Origin) Awards. Kanya will be joined by Beverley De-Gale OBE, CEO and founder of the African and Caribbean Leukaemia Trust (ACLT), Trevor Robinson OBE, CEO and founder of Quiet Storm, and Euton Daley MBE, former CEO of Pegasus Theatre, Oxford. Visit their website for Further information and booking

Thursday, 22nd October 2020

Durham University: BHM Programme 2020 – The Black Curriculum: Black history and its importance

A collection of events and activities throughout October 2020 including The Black Curriculum, 7.30pm – 8.30pm. An initiative that teaches Black history all year round in the school year to young people This teaching is particularly valuable as it enables young students in their learning, development and in building a sense of identity The Black Curriculum will be leading a talk on Black people in pre-colonial Britain, discussing their experiences, achievements and highlighting overlooked moments in history;


Sunday, 8th November 2020

University of Winchester: Neurodiversity: why race matters

“Save the Date” for a fantastic free online event delivered by Jannett Morgan [Director, JM Learning & Skills] and in collaboration with University of Winchester. This is a timely and fascinating insight into this intersectionality and will be invaluable for all higher education areas;

Further reading

Dr Gurnham Singh (PhD, FRSA, NTF)
Associate Professor of Equity of Attainment (PT), Coventry University
Associate Professor of Sociology (Hon), University of Warwick.
Visiting Professor of Social Work, University of Chester
Visiting Fellow in Race and Education, University of the Arts, London.

‘Decolonising Pedagogy and E Learning: Challenges and Possibilities. Delivered at the NERUPI annual conferences hosted by Bath University 17th September 2020.