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Decolonising the Curriculum Collection

Library and Learning Services are pleased to announce the purchase of a dedicated e-book collection focusing on decolonising the curriculum. This follows hot on the heels of the University’s launch of “Decolonising DMU”. In seeking to decolonise we are creating an anti-racist university which allows all to succeed and which celebrates the rich diversity and heritage of DMU. This demands involvement of the whole of the institution, an exploration of the narratives, resources, images, processes and environment of the University, ensuring all of our University community is reflected in the whole Institution. With this in mind those wishing to explore the issues, research and debates surrounding decolonising the curriculum can dip into this new e-book collection to find out more.

The ProQuest “Decolonising the Curriculum” e-book collection is comprised of 52 titles published within the last two years covering a wide range of issues and research on this globally recognised theme.

Further titles can be found on the following DMUResource list, which uses the reference list of the Decolonising DMU working position paper by Richard Hall. The full text of the paper can be found in the Useful Resources section of this Guide.

Decolonising DMU: Library Work Stream

Library and Learning Services work stream focuses on four main areas of development:

  • Decolonising the Library collection: broadening both printed and virtual resources to reflect the diverse University Community. This will add more voices, narrative and histories to the collections, enabling students to see themselves reflected in reading lists and research. LLS will work with academics to seek out and promote diverse authors and texts. Expanding the leisure reading collection to reflect DMU’s student profile. Promote through events both within Kimberlin and DSU
  • Decolonising Library spaces: Develop a better understanding of BAME student usage of LLS spaces and services to inform service development and new build: to ensure culturally aware spaces
  • Working with the Library profession to develop a more representative profile of our population through “Workforce Diversity”. Engaging in staff development initiatives and developing a pipeline for new staff and encouraging professional development for existing staff. Optimise student opportunities for student work experience with LLS
  • Teaching and Learning: Look at our teaching practices and resources to ensure cultural inclusion in imagery and examples. Look to clarity of language in communications, signage and guidelines

A Decolonising group will be created in the Library to guide actions and development. Staff and student voices will be included. A series of workshops, team talks and “Read to debate” sessions will enable discussion, the sharing of good practice and staff development in this area

Forthcoming Events

BAME and Technology: building digital confidence through community and space

A reflection on the importance of the feelings of belonging and confidence in learning new digital skills; the need to ensure a safe space for learning and the power of language to encourage or discon…

Monday, Mar 9, 2020
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Lecture Theatre (00.11), Lower Ground Floor, Kimberlin Library, Lecture Theatre (00.11), Lower Ground Floor, Kimberlin Library