Learning Circle: Anti-Racist Pedagogy and Process in HE
Led by Professor Olanrewaju Sorinola
Various reports on student attainment and experience in Higher Education has shown a clear and substantial difference in the attainment, progression and overall experience of students who identify as Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) compared to those who identify as White. It is now widely accepted that the disparity in outcome and experience reflected in this research cannot be attributed to any kind of cultural deficit among ethnic minority students, but is the direct result of practices and processes within the University itself that disadvantage specific communities of ethnic minority students. One specific area of concern has been the way teaching practice, content and environment contributes negatively to ethnic minority student experiences and attainment.
Participants in this learning circle will:
- Systematically review and critically appraise research and initiatives across the sector relevant to ethnic minority student experiences and attainment in HE.
- Identify areas of teaching and learning across the university that negatively contributes to ethnic minority student experiences and make recommendations for improvement or change
- Produce guidance for teaching and professional services staff on creating anti-racist and inclusive learning environments and support
- Explore ways anti-racist pedagogy can be embedded across departments in the university
The aim of this learning circle is to inform institutional deliberations on issues of ethnic minority student experiences and attainment, as it relates to teaching and learning, and the creation of inclusive education through the engagement and practice of anti-racism.
The Learning Circle continues to meet regularly to discuss embedding anti-racist pedagogy throughout the institution. We also continue to facilitate and support two initiatives of the Learning Circle:
- Programme launched in November 2020.
- The teaching forum was launched in early 2020 and continues to meet