Liberation Wall unveiled

A new art piece has been unveiled to demonstrate our commitment to recognising the achievements of students from liberation backgrounds.

The Liberation Wall is a photographic art piece commissioned by Leicester Students’ Union comprising over 50 University of Leicester students from liberation backgrounds* and underrepresented groups.

It celebrates the journeys of our students who are widely underrepresented within the media and wider society, as well as recognising the achievements of those from liberation backgrounds. Contextually, central aspects of universities, from building names to our reading lists and lecture content, are dominated by individuals who are not part of liberation groups, nor represent the current student population. This lack of visible representation is linked to other factors such as student wellbeing, retention and success.

The Liberation Wall stands as a commitment to liberating our Students’ Union and University and can be found in the Students’ Union Square, Ground Floor, Percy Gee Building. We will also be hosting a celebration event during Black History Month in October.

In particular, we would like to thank Azza Abdulla, Education Officer 2017-19, photographer Dani Bower and all the staff and student activists who played a part in the production, curation and assembly of the Liberation Wall.

*Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic, Mixed Heritage, LGBTQA+, Trans*, Womxn, Disabled

Further reading:

‘Lack of role models ‘key cause’ of ethnic minority attainment gap’ – Times Higher Education

‘Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Student Attainment at UK Universities: #Closingthegap’ – Universities UK

‘LGBT+ issues in higher education: are we doing enough?’ – Wonkhe