Exploring race and ethnicity with students in UK universities.

  • Annie Richardson (Presenter)
  • Shona Williamson (Presenter)
  • Bundock, L. (Presenter)
  • Rosie Moore (Presenter)
  • Peter Hemming (Presenter)

Activity: External talk or presentationOral presentation


The Black Lives Matter anti-racism protests of 2020 have heightened awareness of the imperative to decolonise the university curriculum (Moncrieffe et al, 2020) and to address racial and ethnic inequality in higher education more generally. This important agenda concerns university subject areas across the board, but courses with a social or political dimension afford significant opportunities to hold challenging conversations with students about race, ethnicity and (in)equality and its relevance for their particular field of study.

This presentation will introduce our Santander Universities Global Challenges funded project, which seeks to investigate how university educators explore issues of race, ethnicity and (in)equality within social science degree programmes. It will achieve this through a national survey of university educators teaching in a selection of UK universities, followed by subsequent focus groups with volunteers who have completed the survey. It is hoped that this research will contribute to wider pedagogical debates about how these issues can best be addressed within social science teaching across the university sector. In this paper, we will share initial thematic findings from our literature review, as well as an outline of the overall research design for the project.
Period12 Jul 2021
Event titleSchool of Education Research and Enterprise Conference: Pandemic, Protests, Recovery, Opportunity: What's next for research in Education?
Event typeConference
LocationBrighton, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionLocal


  • race
  • ethnicity
  • education
  • Anti-Racism