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There are 18,510 professors in British universities – only 85 of them are black (and only 17 of these are women). At the same time, a significant “attainment gap” persists between the proportion of white undergraduates achieving good degrees (around 75%) and the proportions of all other ethnic groups doing so (around 57%). The situation is very different in the USA, where departments of Black Studies have existed since the 1960s. If we are to imagine a different future for diverse and equitable Higher Education, can the establishment of British Black Studies lead the way?

Please note, latecomers will not be admitted after the first 10mins.


Presented by Gurminder Bhambra, Professor of Sociology at Warwick University, and including the following panellists:

Kehinde Andrews – Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Birmingham City University and author of Resisting Racism: race, inequality and the Black supplementary school movement.
Adam Elliot-Cooper – PhD student at the University of Oxford investigating how black communities in the UK are organising to address issues relating to policing, and visiting fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies.
Maahwish Mirza – Education Officer at Warwick Students’ Union 2014-15, during which she worked to found Black History Month at the SU, and the Warwick Open Education Series. She now works at social mobility enterprise Team Up, which partners low income pupils at risk of underachieving with university student tutors.
Lisa Palmer – Lecturer in working with children, young people and families at Birmingham City University, and co-organiser of the first Blackness in Britain conference.
Robbie Shilliam – Reader in International Relations at Queen Mary, University of London, and author of The Black Pacific: Anticolonial Struggles and Oceanic Connections.

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