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Anti-Racist Pedagogy and Process in HE

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 BAME students, but is the direct result of practices and processes within the University itself that disadvantage specific communities of BAME students. One specific area of concern has been the way teaching practice, content and environment contributes negatively to BAME student experience and attainment.

Participants in this learning circle will:

  • Systematically review and critically appraise research and initiatives across the sector relevant to BAME experiences and attainment in HE.
  • Identify areas of teaching and learning across the university that negatively contributes to BAME experience and 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 BAME student experience and attainment, as it relates to teaching and learning, and the creation of inclusive classrooms 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:

Tackling Racial Inequality at Warwick: Staff Development Programme

  • pilot programme will be launched in November 2020.

Anti-Racist Pedagogy Teaching Forum

  • the teaching forum was launched in early 2020 and continues to meet


If you have any questions or require additional information, please contact Olanrewaju dot O dot Sorinola at warwick dot ac dot uk or the WIHEA team.

Current members of this circle:
  • Christine Bradford
  • Imogen Davies
  • Mark Hinton
  • Stefania Paredes Fuentes
  • Lydia Plath
  • Emily Roisin Reid
  • Sophie Reissner-Roubicek
  • Gavin Schwartz-Leeper
  • Karen Simecek
  • Anne Wilson
  • David Lees
( Kulbir Shergil & Letizia Gramaglia)