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Decolonising DMU: Events


Understanding the university experience of Black Students: a case for decolonising

Dr. Blessing Marandure, Senior Lecturer, Psychology, De Montfort University 

Tuesday 6th December 2022, 12:00 – 13:00 

Microsoft Teams 

To book a place please go to 

It is well established that there is an awarding gap between students of colour and their White counterparts in HE. Therefore, the aim of the study was to understand what Black students perceive as reasons for the awarding gap. As identified by the National Union of Students (2019), it is important to understand the student perspective, if the gap is to be meaningfully addressed. To achieve this, the authors conducted 2 focus groups with 16 students who identified as Black, and were enrolled on undergraduate Psychology programmes. An inductive thematic analysis was conducted to analyse the focus group transcripts. The main theme that emerged from the data was ‘signals of and responses to unbelonging’. This was characterised by a sense of unbelonging, with students discussing their experiences of being subject to negative racial stereotypes & microaggressions, having non-Black tutors they found it difficult to relate to, having unrelatable extra-curricular activities and feeling frustrations around Black history month. In response to these markers of unbelonging, students reported having to conform to perceived White norms, feeling pressure to overcome racial barriers, and reported mindsets that could act as either barriers to positive engagement, or as a source of resilience. These findings will be discussed within the context of the literature on the experiences of students of colour in HE, and will contextualise and reinforce the need for decolonisation efforts. 

Decolonising DMU: Kimberlin discussions series: Read and listen to debate

Monday 12th December 2022, 12:00 – 13:00  

Meet in Microsoft Teams  

You are invited to watch/listen to resources regarding racism, the university experience and decolonising and then join us for a discussion considering this information in terms of your practice, our service and the student experience:  

Interested? Join the discussion, book your place via: 

You are invited to watch/listen to the following resources and then join us for a discussion considering this information in terms of your practice, our service and the student experience:   

Andrews, Kehinde (2017) British education does perpetuate racism, Oxford Union, 19/4/17, Available at: British Education Does Perpetuate Racism | Dr Kehinde Andrews | Part 5 of 6 - YouTube (Accessed: 3/11/22) 

Lushaba, Lwazi (2020) Outcomes of a colonial education system, Real Talks, 26/09/20. Available at: OUTCOMES OF A COLONIAL EDUCATION SYSTEM - YouTube  (Accessed 3/11/22)  

Pluto Press (2019) Radicals in conversation: Decolonising the university with special guests Gurminder Bhambra and Dalia Gebrial. [Podcast], 14/8/18. Available at: Podcast - Radicals in Conversation: Decolonising the University - YouTube (Accessed:3/11/22)