Celebrating Black History Month 2019

Dr Afua Twum-Danso Imoh

This month we're joining the nation to celebrate Black History Month 2019. Our Black, Asian and Other Minority Ethnic (BAME) Staff Network is hosting a series of events about decolonising the curriculum, and we take another look at our Race Equality Strategy and the achievements of colleagues on our Wall of BAME.

Black History Month was first celebrated in the UK in 1987. It celebrates and explores the histories, heritage and cultures of black communities and the legacy and achievements of black people across the globe.

During last year’s Black History Month, we launched our Wall of BAME to celebrate the achievements of our Black, Asian and Other Minority Ethnic staff, students and alumni and in July this year we added a number of new faces. Thank you to everyone who has been in touch with nominations.

If you would like to be part of the Wall of BAME or would like to nominate a colleague, please send details to internalcommunications@sheffield.ac.uk

Explore our Wall of BAME

Dr Tony Williams

Race Equality Strategy

Earlier this year we launched our Race Equality Strategy. The strategy specifically targets issues of under-representation, progression and attainment, and aims to create a University community which is diverse and inclusive. The strategy covers training for staff and students, and student pro-inclusion sessions on race equality have been taking place this Intro Week.

In November, we're starting the next phase of the Introduction to Race Equality workshops for staff – thank you to everyone who has booked onto these.

Read our Race Equality Strategy and Action Plan

To celebrate Black History Month, our BAME Staff Network and Sheffield Hallam's Race Network are jointly organising two free events focused on decolonising the curriculum.

Dr Afua Twum-Danso Imoh, Chair of our BAME Staff Network said: “The process of institutional change requires input from all staff and students and can be most effectively facilitated by open conversations on pertinent issues relating to the achievement of race equality. We seek to support the University in this process through the organisation of a series of events during Black History Month, as well as throughout the year, which all have the objective of contributing to the creation of the diverse and inclusive environment that we envisage for all staff and students at the University.”

Dr Amaka Offiah, Deputy Chair BAME Staff Network added: “The goal is not to cast aside ‘white’ contribution but to give equal recognition to the contributions of those of other ethnicities and cultures. A decolonised curriculum should motivate, stimulate and not alienate our students and staff from certain topics, preparing us all for a meaningful role in an improving world.”

From ABC to PhD: Decolonising the Curriculum in Sheffield

Wednesday, 23 October 2019, 4.30-7pm

Adelphi Room, Crucible Theatre

This panel-based event seeks to explore issues relating to decolonising the curriculum, not only within institutions of higher education, but also within primary and secondary schools with a specific focus on highlighting local academic, professional and student perspectives from the city of Sheffield.


Decolonising the Curriculum in H.E: A Discussion with Professor Kehinde Andrews

Monday, 28 October 2019, 5-7pm

Adelphi Room, Crucible Theatre

This event will focus on issues relating to the decolonisation of the curriculum debate within the context of the higher education sector through a conversation with Kehinde Andrews, Professor of Black Studies, Birmingham City University. The discussant for this event will be Dr Anthony Williams, the School of Education, the University of Sheffield.

Event details and booking - plus other events happening in Sheffield this Black History Month.