Unite Students Commission on Living Black at University
Living Black at University Blog Series: The violence Black students experience at university should remind us that Access means little without inclusion
The fifth in this blog series on Living Black at University was written by Mia Liyanage, the author of our HEPI Debate Paper 23, Miseducation: decolonising curricula, culture and pedagogy in UK universities. Mia is a decolonisation advocate and the former Co-Chair of Common Ground Oxford, a student movement challenging racism, classism and the legacy of colonialism in both the University and the city of Oxford. She is currently Race Equality Charter Officer at Goldsmiths, University of London and an Associate at Advance HE.
Living Black at University Blog Series: How I found a sense of belonging and a home far from home
The fourth in this blog series on Living Black at University was written by Zoe Olawore, an undergraduate at the University of Cambridge. Zoe has authored several articles for Varsity, Cambridge and Oxford’s student newspaper. Find out more about Unite Students’ Commission here. Although Cambridge admitted a record number of undergraduates from Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds in 2020, my University remains a predominantly White institution. For the time being, this is inescapable. Despite often feeling alienated by the students around me, I am comforted by the efforts of my college and accommodation. Through the work of my college, I have found some sense of belonging and a home far from home.
Living Black at University Blog Series: How Black students’ experiences of student accommodation set the tone for their time at university
The third in this blog series on Living Black at University was written by Hillary Gyebi-Ababio, Vice President for Higher Education at the National Union of Students. Find out more about Unite Students’ Commission here. ‘I was the only Black person in my halls.’ ‘I didn’t know where to get my hair done or get cultural foods I ate at home.’ ‘My flatmates keep touching my hair and commenting on my food, my clothes, my background.’
Living Black at University blog series: The issues with university complaints processes in accommodation and how they could be improved
The second in this blog series on Living Black at University was written by Osaro Otobo, Consultant at Halpin, Project Manager and Researcher for the Living Black at University report and Deputy Chair of the British Youth Council.
Living Black at University blog series: The Unite Students Commission on Living Black at University – A safe home environment as crucial to Black student success
This blog was written by Professor Iyiola Solanke, Chair in EU Law and Social Justice at the University of Leeds and Chair of the Unite Students Commission on Living Black at University.