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Black History Month: more still to come

Black History Month

Rob Neil OBE and science journalist Angela Saini are among the speakers scheduled to speak at the Black History Month (BHM) celebrations at our University.

Rob will lead the inaugural BHM Lecture with ‘Black history here: where are we now?’. This follows on from his highly successful event last year where he spoke with Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic colleagues and students about their experiences of working, studying and being part of the Reading community.

Angela will speak on the topic of science and race. Her most recent book ‘Superior: The Return of Race Science’ was published in 2019 to enormous critical acclaim.

We are also proud to support the ACRE Conference at Reading Civic Offices on 21 October, alongside more work with our local community groups. Some will visit campus to set up stalls and create opportunities for us to make new connections and learn more about their valuable work in Reading.

Events still to come:

Date & Time 


Throughout this year 

UoR Black Excellence Showcase 

A digital showcase to celebrate Black excellence across our institution, it will reflect stories of Black colleagues, students, alumni, historical figures and/or leaders!

The stories will be reflected on the #DiverseReading blog (


If you’d like to nominate a colleague, student or alumni, please look out a nomination form. 


Thursday 14 October (11:00-12:30)



Roundtable: How has #BLM shaped our organisations?

This event organised by Employers Network for Diversity & Inclusion will bring member organisations together to reassure and inspire each other of how the ‘Black Lives Matter’ (#BLM) has created momentum to the discourse. 

Roundtable: How has #BLM shaped our organisations (

Free, register to attend using ‘’ email  


Thursday 14 October (17:30-19:00)

Science and Race

Award-winning science journalist Angela Saini, writer of the critically acclaimed ‘Superior: The Return of Race Science’, will talk about science and race.

Register now. Places are free. Booking is required.


Friday 15 October

Everybody likes music

Hear a special episode of the UoR Music Podcast focused on the Black History Month.

Music at Reading (Spotify)

Thursday 21 October (17:30-19:00)


Inaugural Black History Month Lecture: Black history here – where are we now? 

A follow up from the highly successful event last year where Rob spoke with Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic colleagues and students about their experiences of working, studying and being part of the Reading community.


(All welcome. Spaces are free. Booking is essential.)


Friday 22 October 

Wear Red Day #WRD2021  

 Join us this Wear Red Day to show racism the red card and add your support to the cause.

More information at

Tuesday 23 November  

1230-1330 (1200 arrival) 

Futureproof your career with Naeema Pasha

What does the future workplace look like? Get ahead of the game and focus on your career progression. This session aims to draw on University research excellence; promote new publications from university colleagues and answers the call from BAME staff looking for development guidance. This event also provides the foundations for the BAME network RISE discussions in January 2022. 

Spaces are limited. Booking is essential.


If you’d like your event to be added to this list, please email

In addition, there's a new book club starting up soon, as well as an exciting new catering campaign featuring the diversification of menus and extension of global recipes on campus! To celebrate, we're even serving up some delicious Afro-Caribbean dishes on the week of the 18 October! Look out on social media and blog spaces to find out more!

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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