Race Update offers short pieces on subjects related to race, ethnicity and equality in UK History Higher Education (from reviewing publications to events and initiatives), on a bi-monthly basis. It is aimed at those actively engaged in race equality work, for example, professional services staff, postgraduate students, academics.

The updates will include appraisals of reports, identifying core strategies, key examples and case studies – cutting through the jargon. It will provide summaries on new developments in the field, ranging from recent to more established literature. The blogs will offer both a synopsis of each output and an analysis, which is designed to assist staff and students to assess the relevance of any item for their own work. It is dedicated to race and equality issues and will be accompanied by a regularly updated bibliography to get insights on, and to stay abreast of, anti-racist activity in university-based History.

It offers collective resources to bring together BME staff and students and white allies in the history sector through analysis on key topics and issues. Race Update can be accessed as blog posts filed under the category “Race Update” on the RHS Historical Transactions blog and also as an email briefing.

Recent Posts in Race Update 

Race Update 2 – Higher Education Race Action Group

This ‘Race Update’ introduces resources that have been circulated by the Higher Education Race Action Group (HERAG) and other bodies that could be used in a range of settings such as staff and student induction, training sessions delivered in schools or teaching.

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Black British History: A New IHR Seminar Series

Join us for the first IHR Black British History Seminar on Thursday 23rd January at LSBU. The series: ‘Black British History: Concepts, Geographies, Debates’ encompasses Black British History in all its forms. It takes research from those within and beyond the...

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Race Update 1 – Highlights from 2019 Reports

In this new series, Dr Shahmima Akhtar, Past & Present Fellow for the Royal Historical Society’s Race, Ethnicity & Equality in History initiative will post on subjects related to race, ethnicity and equality in UK History Higher Education (from reviewing publications to events and initiatives), on a bi-monthly basis. Follow the blog to receive all the updates by email

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Dr Shahmima Akhtar

Dr Shahmima Akhtar

The Race Update series is authored by Dr Shahmima Akhtar, a historian of race, empire and migration working as the Past & Present Fellow for the Royal Historical Society’s Race, Ethnicity & Equality in History initiative. 

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