‘Universities must “decolonise” the curriculum in order to help black students close the attainment gap with their white peers, vice-Chancellors say.
Campuses need to become “racially diverse and inclusive environments” if black, asian and minority ethnic (BAME) are to succeed academically, according to a new report.
Universities UK (UUK), which represents vice-Chancellors, commissioned a review into how institutions can ensure more BAME students graduate with top degrees.
Institutions should consult with students and “evaluate where it might be necessary” to review courses and assessments to ensure that they are not overly white and euro-centric, UUK said.
The report’s recommendation comes amid growing calls to “decolonise” the curriculum, as students urge their professors to examine whether courses are too dominated by white, male, Euro-centric perspectives.
Baroness Valerie Amos, who led UUK’s review, said that many BAME students do not feel a “sense of belonging” at university.
“Part of that was about not seeing their history [and] their experiences reflected in the content of the courses that are being taught,” she told The Daily Telegraph.
Reading lists and course structures in all subjects should be scrutinised to ensure there is no racial bias, according to Baroness Amos, who is director of the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and the country’s first female black university leader.’
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