In response to the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s report Tackling Racial Harassment: Universities Challenged (published
October 2019), Advance HE launched its successful Tackling Racism on Campus project in February 2020. This was funded by the Scottish Funding Council. Outputs included a series of webinars
and blogs, a suite of resources for use in institutions, and research on fostering a diverse workforce.
One key outcome of the project is that all of Scotland’s colleges and universities have committed to the following declaration:
Racism exists on our campuses and in our society. Call it what it is and reject it in all its forms. We stand united against racism.
Building on this sector-wide commitment, QAA Scotland and Advance HE are working together with the tertiary sector to develop and curate resources, learn from current practice, and recognise effective practice in Scotland and beyond. The project also has support from sparqs (Student Partnerships in Quality Scotland) and the College Development Network.
In session 2020-21, the project was managed by Advance HE and resulted in a range of resources, created by a cross-sector working group. The resources constitute a Guide to getting started on this vital work, and include considerations
of language, curriculum development, approaches to teaching, student engagement, allyship and more.
In session 2021-22, the project was managed by QAA Scotland with the following aims:
- to facilitate discussions about developing anti-racist curricula in particular discipline areas
- to facilitate discussions with a network of academic developers across a range of providers
- to share practice and develop resources based on the above discussions
- to pilot and evaluate resources produced in Phase 1
- to make recommendations for the continuation of the project in 2022-23.
Outputs from session 2021-22 can be found below.
These structures of racial inequity, they’re living machines ... they’re alive, they’re active, and they’re always evolving to self-regulate and continue subjugating, marginalising, disenfranchising people.
Dr Peggy Brunache
The 2022 Enhancement Conference featured a well-attended and engaging breakout session on developing anti-racist curricula. We have captured some reflections on the discussions, and the panel format in a blog.