Why is My Curriculum White?

What is the campaign about?

’Why is my curriculum white?’ is part of the wider campaign #LeicsDecolonise. This strand of the campaign seeks to highlight the gaps in our curriculum & teaching, what it means to decolonise the curriculum, how we can empower both staff & students on the ground to make change and ensure that University leadership live up to their promises and commitments made to students at the Inclusivity Ideathon last academic year. The campaign will consist of panel events and workshops throughout the year designed to increase our knowledge but also empower us to push for a curriculum that is representative and inclusive of all students & staff. Please do follow the campaign and keep your eyes peeled for events we will be holding throughout the year.

I look forward to working with and welcoming you all!


What's new for 2020/21?

Fact Guide

A resource guide about decolonising the curriculum, why it's an important issue and what we mean by the Awarding Gap.

You can view the 'Why Is My Curriculum White'? Fact Guide here.


All previous events

This campaign will be continuing this semester with the focus being on what steps we can take to decolonise Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths (STEM). Keep an eye out for workshops, panel events, networking opportunities and active change-making! All events are free to attend.


Friday 7 February - Decolonising STEM Workshop by Dr. Furaha Asani: 6-8pm, Ken Edwards Lecture Theatre 2


Wednesday 12 February - Closing the Gap Leicester Away Day with Educational Excellence (EdEx)

The Students' Union (SU), in collaboration with the University, will be running an away day inviting both academics & student reps to come along and develop actions plans to decolonise the curriculum and alleviate the BAME awarding gap. This will be in College Court from 9am-5pm - you are welcome to attend and leave at any time!




Thursday 13 February - Eugenics & Scientific Racism: A Conversation. 6-8pm, Attenborough Lecture Theatre 1


Wednesday 4 March - Womxn in STEM Speed Networking Event in collaboration with Careers Development Service & UoL Women in STEM Society


Wednesday 6 November 2019 - Decolonising Education Workshop, 6pm-8.30pm, Bennett Link Lecture Theatre 

A workshop aimed at student reps, designed to empower and equip them with both a knowledge of the importance of decolonisation and the practical skills to decolonise on a local level. This event will be delivered by Fope Olaleye, NUS Black Students’ Officer.


Thursday 7 November 2019 - Decolonising Education Panel with Dr Adam Elliott Cooper and Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan , 6-9pm, Peter Williams Lecture Theatre

The highlight event of the campaign aimed to bring a strong awareness to the issue of decolonisation and the importance of it. Adam and Suhaiymah have shown expertise in their respective fields and this would be an opportunity to spread their insights to the decision makers in the university. This will be chaired by Adnan Rahman, Education Officer.


  • Dr Adam Elliott Cooper; in 2016, Adam received a PhD from the School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford. He has previously worked as a researcher in the Department of Philosophy at UCL, as a teaching fellow in the Department of Sociology at the University of Warwick and as a research associate in the Department of Geography at King’s College London. He currently sits on the board of The Monitoring Group, an anti-racist organisation challenging state racism and racial violence.
  • Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan; Suhaiymah is a British Pakistani Muslim spoken word poet, writer and speaker. She attended Queen’s College at Cambridge University where she studied History. She subsequently completed a Master of Arts at SOAS in Postcolonial Studies. Her publications have included ‘A Fly Girl’s Guide to University: Being a Woman of Colour at Cambridge and Other Institutions of Elitism and Power’ and ‘Postcolonial Banter’ - a collection of poems around race & liberation, for which Suhaiymah is currently touring the country for.

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