IOE - Faculty of Education and Society


Challenges and ways forward to decolonising a university

14 December 2022, 12:00 pm–1:00 pm

UCL Library. Image: Mat Wright for UCL

Join this event to hear Sunita Abraham explore how decolonisation is relevant to all aspects of university life.

This event is free.

Event Information

Open to







Leda Kamenopoulou

Decolonisation in university life is often misunderstood or neglected in discussions relating to fostering inclusive change within universities. 

In the second seminar of this series, Sunita will provide an insight into the term decolonisation and its relevance to higher education settings by using the example of ongoing work at Lancaster University and through projects connected to the local community.  In doing so, she will highlight some ways in which staff and students within academic settings can engage with this important agenda in practice.

This event will be particularly useful for those interested in decolonisation, equity and social justice, diversity and inclusion, co-production and under-represented voices in academia.

Epistemic Justice seminar series

This series aims to help attendees challenge the existing power imbalances in knowledge production and sharing, by reflecting on our curricula, teaching practice, and research.  An exciting line-up of invited speakers will share their work on promoting decolonisation, equity, social justice, diversity and inclusion in academia.

About the Speaker

Dr Sunita Abraham

Teaching Associate in Decolonisation at The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) at Lancaster University

Her current research focuses on issues of race, colonialism, decolonisation, and inequality. At Lancaster, Sunita is the co-convenor of the informal staff-student Decolonising Lancaster University Network and the Lancaster University Sanctuary Network (that relates to supporting Asylum Seekers and Refugees). External to the university, she is part of a local women’s community group called East meets West, which works with women AS&R and young families. She is also involved in coordinating a community research project for Lancaster Black History Group that relates to examining the links between prominent Lancaster families and the transatlantic trade in the 18th and early 19th centuries.