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Black History Month – what's on

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October is the Black History Month, a time to celebrate the history, achievements and contributions of black people in the United Kingdom. It is also an opportunity to reflect on racial experiences within the University and wider community, as well as racial injustices – with a view to helping change how things are.

Colleagues from across our University have put together an exciting programme of events to mark the month. All the events will be virtual (conducted over Microsoft Teams) and you can participate by completing this short online form.

The list below is by no means comprehensive, so if your own School of Function has organised an event that you'd like to share, please email

Please note the list has been updated since original publication on 1 October. 




Wednesday 7 October


A conversation on race: the Ethnicity Awarding Gap at the School of Law

  • Dr Allan Laville, Dean for Diversity & Inclusion
  • Dr Bolanle Adebola, School of Law
  • Dr Billy Wong, Institute of Education

Monday 12 October


BAME Students in English Literature: A Network

  • Dr Nicola Abram, Department of English Literature
  • Yinka Olaniyan, UoR 2020 Graduate

Click here to join the event

Wednesday 14 October

12:00 - 13:00

Decolonising the Curriculum

  • Dr Sarah Cardey, International Development
  • Dr Matthew Windsor, School of Law

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Blacklisted? Are Black people excluded from institutions in the UK?

  • Professor Leslie Thomas QC, Garden Court of Chambers,
  • Professor Kehinde Andrews, Birmingham City University
  • Dr Foluke Adebisi, University of Bristol

Use this link to join the event

Friday 16 October


Race and trans-Atlantic experiences of the ivory tower-1

  • A talk by Professor Nduka Otiono, Institute of African Studies at Carleton University

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Tuesday 20 October


Race and trans-Atlantic experiences of the ivory tower-2

  • Professor Katherine Harloe, University of Reading
  • Professor Olufunmilayo Arewa, Beasley School of Law, Temple University

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16:00 - 17:00

RUSU: Black History Month

  • Rachel Wates, RUSU Diversity Officer 2020/21
  • Ruth Adeniyi, RUSU BAME Officer 2020/21

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Wednesday 21 October


Race at the School of Law

  • Dr Matthew Windsor, Lecturer
  • Alex Ojo, BAME rep for Law Society
  • Suralini Fernando, Widening Participation Officer
  • Dr Ana Cannilla, Lecturer, Chair Student Experience Committee

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15:00 - 16:00


Virtual Roundtable: BAME Students in the UoR History Department

  • Dr Natalie Thomlinson, Department of History
  • Students, Department of History

Monday 26 October

19:30 - 21:00

Decolonising Gospel Music

  • Professor Robert Beckford, The Queen's Foundation, Birmingham
  • University of Reading Chaplaincy's Café Théologique

Facebook Event Link (Zoom Details in the Description Box)

Tuesday 27 October


BAME Allies launch and discussion: anti-racism and allyship

  • Dr Natalie Thomlinson, Department of History
  • Dr Heike Schmidt, Department of History

Use this link to join the event

Wednesday 28 October

14:30 - 16:00

If Not Now, Then When?

  • UoR Colleagues representing students, postdoc/early career researchers, academic and professional services staff.
  • Submit questions and register on this page.

Thursday 29 October

18:00 - 19:00

In conversation with Joanna Abeyie, MBE

  • Join us in a virtual conversation with Joanna Abeyie MBE as she shares her experience as a leader and champion of diversity, inclusion and equality.

18:00 - 20:00

Black History Month: Be visible. Be brilliant. Be You – Professionals Panel Discussion

Join our diverse panel of students and professionals to hear about their career journeys, the internal and external barriers they have overcome and how they have achieved success. The focus of this event will be on exploring experiences of recruitment and transition into professional workplaces, and the impact of ethnicity and cultural identity.
The event will be chaired by Ruth Adeniyi, RUSU BAME Officer.


  • Charlynn Koranteng, Recruitment Officer - London, Student Recruitment, KPMG Business Services
  • Tolu Ogunlaiye, Senior Graduate Recruiter and University Partnerships Consultant, FDM Group
  • Marcus - New Maths Graduate
  • Summayah - Finalist Philosophy placement student
  • Hodaviah - Part two SBS student
  • Chinwendu - On placement, FNS student.

We would like to remind colleagues that the University has a Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic (BAME) Network focused on:

  • supporting BAME career progression through targeted communications and programmes
  • championing increased BAME representation on key University committees
  • supporting the transition of new BAME colleagues into the University
  • supporting BAME researchers during their research and work at the University
  • contributing to the creation of a culturally inclusive University

You can join the network through Microsoft Teams or sign up to be an BAME Ally by emailing

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