The Bartlett


Bartlett PhD Summer Series 2024

05 June 2024–26 June 2024, 12:30 pm–2:00 pm


The Bartlett PhD Summer Series 2024 is an exciting set of seminars led by prolific speakers. Themed around a variety of PGR matters of interest, including self-development; mental health and wellbeing; culture and Identity; race and racism; the series promises to evoke discussion and challenge perspectives. The opportunity exists to meet guest speakers in person after the seminar. Come and be engaged, enlightened and empowered with experts in their field.

This event is free.

Event Information

Open to

UCL staff | UCL students




Teresa Dawkins

Vice Dean EDI

Associate Professor Victoria Showunmi 

Title: Showing Your True Colours: Exploring equality and diversity in your research
Date: Wednesday 5th June 2024
Time: 12:30 -14:00 

This keynote will explore your experience of research into equality and diversity. We will engage in a critical conversation on our understandings of these concepts. I will draw on the sociological and philosophical concepts and theories of critical Black feminists and Intersectionality.

The audience will be invited to challenge their beliefs as we explore well-known phenomena through the fresh lens of unacknowledged and hidden forms of sexism and racism and consider how these manifests themselves in your research. Examples of my research will illustrate how these issues can be integrated into research.

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Dr Adam Elliot-Cooper

Title: Higher Education and The Black Radical Tradition: Beyond Reports, Training and Representation
Date: Wednesday 12th June 2024 
Time: 12:30 -14:00

Since the protests of 2020, universities have renewed their commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion. Fresh policies, innovative training techniques and drives for diversity have shot up the agendas of HR departments and SLT meetings. But how do these initiatives cohere with the Black political and intellectual cultures that initiated these conversations? In order to answer this question, this presentation will trace the life of a simple, yet often misunderstood term: institutional racism. From its roots in Black Power and anticolonialism, we will explore how it has gone on to influence the radical black politics of contemporary street movements, and been the focus of refutation by the government’s Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities. In the middle of this polarised politics, we find the liberal university unable to please either party, caught in a feedback loop which ultimately serves the institution over Black thought, scholarship and empowerment. To remedy this problem, I argue, requires a re-examination of the Black radical tradition, and it’s legacies.

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Kevin Bennett

Title: From Surviving to Thriving: Managing Depression and Trauma in Higher Education
Date: Wednesday 19th June 2024
Time: 12:30 - 14:00

Discussion around Kevin Bennett’s life and how he dealt with his trauma and depression, including how he primed his mind and body. Including practical steps on how to deal with your stress, trauma, and depression plus how to prime yourself for tomorrow’s world and your career.

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Michelle Moore

Title: The Conscious Leader in You
Date: Wednesday 26th June 2024
Time: 12:00 - 14:00

This talk will reveal the ways we can all become conscious leaders by taking responsibility for our leadership choices and actions, and ultimately, by defining success in our own terms. Michelle draws on her experiences, from the track to the boardroom, to examine the relationship between leadership and identity, showing us how we can each find our own ways to challenge the status quo. Michelle will show us how to face our fears, build resilience and find our own unique leadership style. The talk will provide inspiration and motivation that challenges our day to day and the depth of our aspirations, ambition and drive.

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