Many universities are engaging in work to Decolonise the curriculum, however, the notion of Decolonising the institution has been adopted by only a handful. Our previous work, through Freedom to Achieve, identified that a focus on the curriculum alone is too narrow and so we are taking a bold step in looking to engage in a broader process of Decolonisation across the whole institution. This demonstrates our commitment to directly tackling racial disadvantage and discrimination within the sector.
We have drafted a position paper for our work, which is available here.
We are at the beginning of a journey…
There is both an appetite and need in the Higher Education sector to re-imagine how universities can deal with wider histories of exclusion/erasure and challenges of inequality in the present. The process of Decolonising seeks to create a positive vision of education guided by a philosophy that is based on the contributions of a global population, humanity and democracy.
Decolonising DMU will be a powerful, challenging and substantive step forward to realising DMU’s vision as an institution that is fully inclusive and socially progressive.