There exists, in universities across the country, a gap in attainment between Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) students, and white students.
This should not be the case but it is. At De Montfort University we have worked hard to introduce a range of measures to narrow this gap – measures we call Freedom to Achieve – and as a result, progress is being made.
But there should be no gap at all, no distinction between the opportunity available to all our students. So, we want to go further and work harder to give each one of our students the same chances of success and the same freedom to achieve as any other.
As such, we have introduced Decolonising DMU, our ongoing institution wide project to ensure there is no racial disparity in our institution, in the makeup of our staff, in the way we teach, in the experience our students receive or the choices we make as educators.
The nature of this work is challenging: we have to work together and be prepared to reflect on ourselves and our behaviours as much as the choices we make as an institution.
There are four key areas that Decolonising DMU is focused on:
These work streams are underpinned by a programme of research and evaluation activity, which monitors the impact of the project and helps to develop our understanding of the decolonisation process and its effect on our staff and students.
“I pitch stories about ethnic minority communities to the media, if I don’t then someone else will.”
Ramla Dirie has recently begun working as a researcher for 72 Films in London and hopes to use her roles within the media industry to improve the depiction of diversity on TV in the UK.
17 February 2021
Decolonising DMU’s Dr Hardeep Basra’s offers advice to understanding Learning and Teaching data in relation to underrepresented groups
8 February 2021
Emmanuel Adeyemo went to Beat 106.3 hoping to get hired as a presenter, but the station were so impressed by his skills that they bypassed their normal intern route and offered him a broadcast assistant role which evolved into production manager two months later.
28 January 2021
Dr Hardeep Basra, Dr Melanie Crofts, Kaye Towlson from Decolonising DMU examine the impact The Black Lives Matter movement has had on efforts to decolonise higher education.
20 October 2020