Teaching & Learning


Keynote lecture on engaging pedagogically with race and racism in higher education

16 March 2021

Catch up on Dr Jason Arday's recorded 2020 keynote lecture on engaging pedagogically with race and racism in higher education.

Dr Jason Arday presents at the UCL BME Attainment Conference 2018

On 16 March last year, Paulette Williams and Sukhi Bath from UCL's BAME Awarding Gap Project hosted a half-day lecture and workshop with Dr Jason Arday (Durham University), to provide a safe space for UCL colleagues to field concerns and feel more comfortable and confident in facilitating discussions about race and racism. On its one year anniversary, we share a chance for those who missed this keynote, to catch Dr Jason Arday's important address on engaging pedagogically with race and racism in higher education. 

UCL, as part of the BAME Awarding Gap Project, has developed several initiatives 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.

Building on this work, Dr Arday's keynote lecture covers:

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

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

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Further resources

See the BAME Awarding Gap Project: Supporting student success for more information and resources to support UCL's commitment to address the disparities in outcome and experience of undergraduate Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) and white students at UCL.