On the academic side, staff across the School of Advanced Study (SAS) have developed an inspiring programme of events and initiatives with a focus on race equality. These include:
- the creation of an oral history of the Windrush Generation.
- the organisation of a seminar series on Black British History and the legacies of imperialism.
- national efforts to decolonise the History curriculum.
- international Being Human festival that expands access to the humanities.
- SAS’s commitment to inspiring research, providing resources, and facilitating conversations that promote the understanding and destruction of systemic racism, discrimination, and inequality. SAS actively supports the Solidarity Statement of the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes (CHCI), of which it is a member.
- The Institute of English Studies, with financial assistance from the University's Convocation Trust, has established a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship as part of its Toolkit for Diversity and Inclusion in English Studies (TIDE) programme. The Fellow will explore forgotten BAME histories and participate in initiatives to decolonise the discipline, both within IES and externally with partners University English, the English Association, the Postcolonial Studies Association and the University of East Anglia.
Further actions are ongoing and we look forward to providing more updates as they are introduced.