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Wed, 26 Jan



Flipping the Campus: Counting the Cost of Failure to Retain Black Students

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Flipping the Campus: Counting the Cost of Failure to Retain Black Students
Flipping the Campus: Counting the Cost of Failure to Retain Black Students

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26 Jan 2022, 19:00


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Flipping the Campus: Counting the Cost of the Failure to Retain Black Students in UK Higher Education

In this CARICUK online roundtable event, we will discuss stories that are rarely told - the stories of Black students whom UK universities fail to retain. That failure follows many different routes: coldness or racist aggression from staff and students, failure to recognise vulnerabilities and wellbeing needs, or simply the everyday grinding pressure of always standing out, always being on display, never being able to bring one's full authentic self onto campus. In this event, we flip the university campus to reveal the absences and exclusions that lead Black students to leave. What more can universities do to retain Black students?

After the conversation, there will be an opportunity for the online audience to ask questions via Youtube.

This is a free online streamed event. Further details will be released to those registered on the day of the event.


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Creative Approaches to Race and In/Security in the Caribbean and the UK is a year-long collaboration between artists and educators, which aims to transform discussions about race and anti-racism in UK higher education. It aims to highlight everyday negotiations between security and insecurity (in/security) in the Caribbean, and also to set up negotiations around anti-racism between the UK higher education sector and Britain’s black communities. It will include three artistic provocations, three short films and a publication experiment. Each of these is designed to provoke discussion about the Caribbean and racialised in/securities, which will each be followed by public discussion events. Additionally, an online learning pack for schools will lead into a large-scale arts participation and exhibition.

Funded by Arts and Humanities Research Council

Dr Pat Noxolo

Dr Pat Noxolo is an associate professor in the Geography department at the University of Birmingham, UK. Her research is on cultural and postcolonial geographies, particularly thinking about creative practices in the Caribbean and its diaspora. Recently, she has led a Leverhulme-funded network on Caribbean In/securities and Creativity, and this has led into her AHRC-funded fellowship CARICUK (Creative Approaches to Race and In/security in the Caribbean and the UK). Dr Noxolo is the Principal Investigator on the CARICUK project. She has brought together a range of Caribbean artists to produce and showcase work that provokes thought and participation around race and in/security. Her vision is to draw in students at several levels (secondary school, university and trainee teachers) to take this vision into the future, and to participate in an exhibition and a range of public discussion events.

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