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Interested in joining the Decolonising the Curriculum Working Group?

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Following the Race Equality Review published in May 2021, the University is looking for expressions of interest to join a working group to develop a programme to decolonise the curriculum. 

Creating a ‘Decolonising the curriculum’ working group 

In October 2021, the University of Reading Race Equality Action Team established a subgroup to focus on decolonising the curriculum and promoting anti-racist practice within Teaching & Learning. 

We are now looking to create a Decolonising the curriculum working group to support this subgroup. 

The aims of the proposed task and finish group (Race Equality Review, 2021)  will be contained with stage one of this working group.  

Stage one will have two primary aims:

  • to explore and create an institutional definition for decolonising the curriculum 

  • providing guidance on how to achieve this 

At this point, we envisage stage one to run between January – July 2022, with monthly meetings.  

Stage two will be to monitor the impact of stage one. 

How to get involved 

If you would like to submit an expression of interest to join the Decolonising the Curriculum working group, please email Al Laville (allan.laville@reading.ac.uk) by 12 on Wednesday 5 January 2022 with the following information: 

  1. Why you wish to join the Decolonising the curriculum working group? 
  2. Your experience of considering and/or embedding anti-racist practice within Teaching & Learning.  
  3. If available, data on the impact of the initiatives detailed in point 2. This can include impact on students, staff, Department, School, external bodies etc. 

Expressions of Interest should be no longer than 500 words. The call is open to academic staff, professional services staff, PGR students who engage in T&L as well as UG and PGT students who have engaged in relevant work.  

We look forward to hearing from you! 

Actions following Race Equality Review 

The University of Reading Race Equality Action Team have been discussing and developing actions in line with Recommendation 10: 

"Development of a programme to decolonise the curriculum: Establish a ‘task and finish’ group, which includes students, staff and RUSU Officers and leads on creating an institutional definition of ‘decolonising the curriculum,’ as well as preparing guidance on how to achieve it. This work will be aligned with the Portfolio Review and supported by the Dean for Diversity and Inclusion." 

The Race Equality Review also states: 

"Within the Race Equality Review, we are specifically concerned with actions to decolonise the curriculum, what it means for us as a University, and how to support colleagues to decolonise their own curriculum. From reviewing current specific work for decolonisation, there has been work in many Schools and Departments, including Agriculture, Policy and Development, Classics, English Literature, Film, Theatre and Television, History, Institute of Education, and Law. However, the progress made in these areas appears to be largely attributable to individual motivation and local initiative, and not a shared ethos across the University." 

Race Equality Action Team subgroup  

Therefore, to address and action the points raised within review, in October 2021, the University of Reading Race Equality Action Team established a subgroup to focus on decolonising the curriculum and promoting anti-racist practice within Teaching & Learning, which includes assessment and feedback, and academic confidence. The members of this group are:  

Dr Al Laville 

(Chair) 

Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, Vice Chancellors Office & Associate Professor in Clinical Psychology, School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences 

Dr Eileen Hyder 

Academic Developer and Manager of the FLAIR CPD Scheme, Centre for Quality, Support and Development 

Dr Joanna John 

Joint Head of Doctoral Skills Training and Development, Graduate School 

 

Professor Kat Bicknell 

Professor of Cardiovascular and Regenerative Medicine, Department of Pharmacy    

Mr Marc Jacobs 

Lecturer in Mathematics Education, Institute of Education 

Dr Nicola Abram 

Lecturer in Literatures in English, Department of English Literature  

 

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