Decolonising DMU Podcast

The Decolonising DMU podcast delves different aspects of the work undertaken by the Decolonising DMU project at De Montfort University. This includes examining student experiences of HE, staff perspectives on teaching and research cultures and also the work of professional services such as Welfare, Library and Learning Services and Admissions.

Each month Gurvinder Aujla-Sidhu, a Fair Outcome Champion who works on the project interviews/chats with colleagues and students to examine changes at DMU and discuss and reflect upon changes to UK Higher Education and society.

Each episode, explores different issues with a range of interviewees.

Re-thinking BAME Decolonising DMU

The use of the terminology BAME, which stands for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic, as a catchall term to describe minorities' in the UK has criticised in a number of places. The controversial Race Report 2021 described it as “unhelpful”. Some newspapers have decided against using the term in their publications. This episode tries to understand the need for labels to describe a wide range of communities and questions if is possible to find new term that includes everyone? We also look at the role of BAME staff networks play in Higher Education. The episode features Dr Hardeep Basra, Academic Development Consultant and Co chair of the BAME staff network at De Montfort University Rik Kennedy Senior Lecturer in Education at De Montfort University Moonlie Fong-Whittaker Learning and Development Coordinator at Imperial College London. for more information about the term take a look at https://pureportal.coventry.ac.uk/en/publications/beyond-bame-rethinking-the-politics-construction-application-and-  Advance HE https://www.advance-he.ac.uk/guidance/equality-diversity-and-inclusion/using-data-and-evidence/use-of-language-race-ethnicity
  1. Re-thinking BAME
  2. Decolonising DMU – The Student Voice
  3. BAME Professors
  4. Dropping out of University
  5. Microagressions or Racism?