Race Update 2 – Higher Education Race Action Group

by | Feb 5, 2020 | Race Update | 0 comments

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.

HERAG is made up of equality and diversity professionals, academics, students and other individuals interested in advancing race equality in higher education.

Past action plans have been to:

  • Improve the progression and attainment of BME students
  • Create a clear career progression route for all BME staff


  • Raising the profile of race equality, and HERAG, across higher education
  • Enabling governors and leaders to deliver race equality for students and staff
  • Creating a bank of race equality resources and good practice case studies about students and staff to share across the sector

Their resources can be found here: https://www.ecu.ac.uk/higher-education-race-action-group-herag/ and anyone can sign up to the HERAG jiscmail list, which is an opportunity to keep in touch with events, news and research on race equality in the sector, and to post anything which might be of interest to other members.

Below are some video resources that have been shared by HERAG members and might be of use to you in the classroom, meetings or conferences.

  • Video produced by Newcastle University to raise awareness on Hate Crime to all staff and students:
  • Video on microaggressions as part of the OfS Hate Crime Project at the University of Wolverhampton:
  • Video produced by the University of South Texas on Micro-aggressions in the classroom:
  • PowerPoint by Renee Wells (Director, NC State GLBT Centre) on micro-aggressions:
  • Video produced by Kent Law School as part of ‘Decolonising the Curriculum Conference’ in July 2019:
  • ‘All in! Regularising ethnic presence in the curriculum’ is a collaborative project between the University of Nottingham and the University of Birmingham, funded by the Education Partnership Fund (September 2019-August 2020) which takes a curriculum-based approach to the undergraduate attainment gap between white and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) students in the disciplines of philosophy and politics:

An extensive list of resources ranging from audio-visual recordings, books, and articles on subjects related to decolonising from different perspectives, the attainment gap, and intersectionality has been produced by the group (regularly updated):


  • ‘History and Social Action Blog’ by independent historian, Sean Creighton:

A whole host of blog posts specific Black British History events, racism and equality issues, curriculum reform and more.


Anyone can sign up to the HERAG jiscmail list. Please feel free to email me at pastandpresentfellow@royalhistsoc.org to let me know of any resources you think should be included in any further list of useful links.

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