Teaching & Learning


Learning to fly: engaging pedagogically with race and racism in higher education 16 March

16 March 2020, 1:00 pm–5:00 pm

students sitting by a window

Join a safe space for colleagues to field concerns and feel more comfortable and confident in facilitating discussions about race and racism.

Event Information

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UCL Arena Centre


UCL Institute of Education (IOE0
Room 804
20 Bedford Way
United Kingdom

Monday 16 March 13:00 - 17:00 

Paulette Williams, Sukhi Bath and Dr Jason Arday are hosting this event, which is open to all academic staff at UCL. 

UCL has engaged with several initiatives that have been focused on addressing racial disparity particularly regarding aspects of attainment, representation and the content of existing curriculums.

Interventions such as the ‘Inclusive Curriculum Health Check’ have been designed with a view to build on aspects of existing good practice with regards to engaging in curricula that aims to improve the experience, skills and attainment of all students.

The keynote lecture will cover:

  • Decolonising the curriculum
  • Intersectionality
  • Considering inclusive pedagogies
  • Acknowledging existing good practice at UCL
  • Consider unconscious bias
  • Centring discussions about race and racism within curricula

The workshop will consider:

  • What does an inclusive pedagogy look like?
  • Fears and concerns about engaging with discussions about race and racism
  • Privilege Walk
  • Intersectionality: Race, Disability, Sexuality and Gender
  • Developing confidence in discussing issues of race and racism
  • Designing curricula that engages with race and harnessing belonging

Practical advice, guidance and support will be the premise for this workshop with a focus on how we as educators can learn to engage in discussions with students about race-related topics.

These considerations will be integral in an attempt to engage with the discourse of inclusivity when engaging Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) students.

Supporting BAME student success conference 

UCL staff and students can now register to attend a free, one-day BAME awarding gap conference on Thursday, 7 May 2020. Registration now open.