What is the #LeicsDecolonise campaign?
#LeicsDecolonise is a student-led campaign dedicated to lobbying our University to divest from companies complicit in the climate crisis & oppression, democratising our University so that power is in the hands of the broader student-staff community and confronting the ways in which our curriculum reinforce structural racism and other forms of domination.
Become a Curriculum Consultant (£250 Reward upon completion)
The Students’ Union (SU) is very excited to announce, in collaboration with the Leicester Learning Institute (LLI), our new Curriculum Consultancy project as part of #LeicsDecolonise. This is a paid opportunity for students to work with academics in co-contributing to developments in our curriculum so that it is more inclusive, representative of our lived experiences, particularly that of students of colour & students from marginalised backgrounds. The aim is to build a curriculum that is relevant and empowers students to be active citizens of change both during and after their time at the University of Leicester.
We are looking to recruit up to 20 curriculum consultants (open to first and second year undergraduate students as well postgraduate taught students) to work at an individual course level projects alongside academics, developing action plans to decolonise the curriculum, in time for these to be implemented for the next academic year. Once projects are completed, students will be provided with a financial reward (£250) as well as a certificate of acknowledgment. We will also be providing training on concepts such as decolonisation, how to push for change as well how to best utilise the partnerships you will be forming. Applications are open until Tuesday 19 January, for more details or to apply click here
All of this will form the curriculum strand of the #LeicsDecolonise campaign and ultimately feed in to the SU’s long-term goal of decolonising education. If there are any questions about this project or the roles, then please feel free to email either Ian Bruce, SU Voice Manager (firstname.lastname@example.org), Adnan Rahman, SU Education Officer (email@example.com) or Stephen Rooney from the LLI (firstname.lastname@example.org).
We look forward to welcoming and working with you all!
Are you interested in being involved in the wider Leics Decolonise Campaign?
Come along to our Next Steps/Brainstorming Workshop taking place between 5.00pm and 7..00pm on Wednesday 3 February, to book your place email email Adnan your Education Officer, or/and
There are three different strands you can get involved with, depending on your area of interest. These include:
Divestment involves looking at University ties with and investments in certain companies, trusts and institutions which are complicit in the climate crisis or oppression in our wider community and the global south.
Democratisation involves working to make the university as accessible, free of oppression, and accountable as it can be. This involves making university decision making and leadership more transparent and accountable to students and staff.
Work on the Curriculum entails far more than adding Black authors to a reading list, or adding modules about Africa and Asia to our syllabus. Confronting our curriculum and the way we learn may be reinforcing structural racism (and other modes of domination) and how there is a lack of much needed critical thought in our systems of education. The work in this strand will involve campaigning for learning spaces which seek to challenge, critique and compliment the mainstream white, eurocentric ways of thinking & learning.
Podcasts and Videos
We've started producing informative content focused around the topic of decolonisation. These videos and podcasts will feature a variety of guest speakers, including students, activists and of course the 2020/21 Officer team.
Episode 1 - Building a New World Podcast
This podcast is a discussion with Fope Olaleye (writer, activist and former NUS Black Students' Officer), Larissa Kennedy (NUS President), Taiwo Ogunyinka from the Free Black University (FBU) and your Liberation Officer, Tony Magaia. This episode focuses on how we can build a world free of structural oppression and violence, one where violence against Black communities is not normalised and where education is an empowering & liberating experience. We hope you enjoy the episode.
* More coming soon *
Why Is My Curriculum White?
Why Is My Curriculum White is a strand of the #LeicsDecolonise campaign. Take a look at the campaign and view our new Fact Guide here.
If you have any questions about the campaign, please email Adnan your Education Officer.