Following a successful two year pilot, the Freedom to Achieve project demonstrated that for continued success in closing the attainment gap, DMU needs to not only address teaching, learning and assessment methodologies and ideologies but needs to develop a much broader, institution wide approach to better understand, appreciate and challenge the factors which contribute to there being an attainment gap.
Therefore, phase two of the project will move forward with the identity of Decolonising DMU.
Decolonising the curriculum is a familiar term within universities with differing degrees of engagement and action. This is where various universities have reassessed and modified teaching, learning and assessment methodologies and ideologies. However, DMU wants to go further than this and the remit of Freedom to Achieve by Decolonising the institution so we can be a fully inclusive and socially progressive university by tackling racial discrimination and disadvantage on a structural, cultural and individual level.
The work of the project is organised into four key work streams:
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.