This year, while we continue to tackle the attainment gap, we will be focusing on liberating the curriculum; auditing the reading lists and course content to ensure that more women and Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic artists, theorists, and lecturers are included. #NoBarriersInEducation
Get involved with our events this term, help us create our alternative reading lists and let us know your views on liberating the curriculum. You can also check out Empowered for the exciting events happening this term!
 

Campaign objectives

  • Make sure students leave Leicester with an understanding of social inequalities and how history and identity impacts experiences
  • Hold reviews the curriculum content and pedagogy styles in all schools with the Heads of Schools & implementation of recommendations for change.
  • Ensuring that teaching and assessment methods are inclusive, for example, by empowering students from underrepresented groups to make their voices heard in lectures, tutorials and labs.
  • Equipping all teaching staff with the knowledge, skills and confidence to challenge problematic behaviour, including racist, sexist, ableist, homophobic and transphobic microaggressions.
  • Lobbying the University to hire more BME, Disabled, LGBT+ and Women academics, and providing both academics and students from underrepresented groups with opportunities for career development and progression.
  • Spread awareness of coloniality in education (holding the Empowered talk series)
  • Grow the campaign by linking with other campaigns/ universities/ schools/ projects.
  • Coordinate trips to relevant decolonising & liberation events across the country
  • Connect students (on work or volunteer placements) with social justice organisations

How can you get involved?

  • Talk to your elected coursereps about subjects or perspectives which are missing from your courses and asking them to pass this information on to staff.  Alternatively, you could include suggestions for reading at a Staff-Student Committee, or in your mid-semester module evaluation feedback.
  • Requesting texts from marginalised authors and academics be added to the Library's collection using the Request a Book form on the University's website.
  • Fill in the LiberatED survey - so we can evidence real student experience when lobbying the University about these inequalities. 
  • Use the Even More Books scheme by the Library to read books from liberation backgrounds as if enough people click on the links to the eBooks, the Library will automatically add them to their collection permanently.
  • Attend or run a liberate my curriculum workshop with faculty and students: You will receive facilitation training in order to run for your school or department. You can choose to plan a workshop or participate in a session.
  • Join the events team: Be on the hunt for speaker and events connected to the goals of the campaign that you would like to bring to the Leicester community and propose them to the group. You will be responsible for organising socials and events for the #liberated campaign and bringing event ideas to campaign meetings.

The issue

Our student population is becoming more and more diverse, yet the curriculum remains male-dominated and Eurocentric. The LiberatED campaign aims to address inequalities in higher education by promoting an inclusive curriculum, specifically for students from marginalised backgrounds (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic, Women, LGBT+, Disabled).
Did you know that at this University, white students are 7.4% more likely to achieve a 2.1 or a 1st than their Asian counterparts, and 13.3% more likely than Black students.
In connection with the NUS #liberatemydegree campaign, why is my curriculum white?, Decolonising our minds SOAS, and the #RhodesMustFall movements, students at Leicester have indicated their support for a liberated curriculum that represents people of colour, women, LGBTQ+ people, people with disabilities and those from diverse religious backgrounds. The purpose of this campaign is to make our university a place to change students’ and staff attitudes towards race, gender, class and identity, as well as open up university education to more creative and diverse attitudes towards teaching and learning.
The LiberatED campaign will link to the university’s strategy of ‘inclusive teaching’ by unpacking what this really means and deconstructing inequalities embedded in the frameworks of the university. Decolonising teaching practices would mean encouraging academics to move towards pedagogies that engage students as active agents shaping their own learning and away from teaching structures that maintain hierarchies and power imbalances in the classroom.