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Black History Month at NTU

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Black History Month (BHM) is an annual celebration of the successes and achievements of the Black community and a time for recognising their impact in society.

Our NTU community is proud to support Black History Month 2021 by hosting commemorative events and activities that are open to our students and staff. We are also pleased to share our educational resources with staff and students as part of our commitment to becoming an anti-racist institution.

We recognise that the Black history experience is not limited to one month each year, and have made a commitment to work year-round to host a diverse programme of events and resources to help create a more equal future for everyone.


DateTimeEventEvent DetailsVenueWho can attendBooking
20 October1pm -3.45pm Financial Freedom and Preparing for the Future (Microsoft and Nationwide)WorkshopOnlineStudentsReserve your place
20 October3pm - 5pmGlobal Lounge - Celebrating the History of the African DiasporaWorkshopCity Global LoungeNTU Staff and StudentsDrop-in
20 October 12pmCritical Conversations: Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About RaceTalkOnlineNTU Staff and StudentsReserve your place
20 October2pmClimate justice meets social justice: A talk on race and colonialism in the age of the AnthropoceneTalkOnlineNTU Staff and StudentsReserve your place
21 October1pm - 1.45pmMicrosoft Embrace Mentoring ProgrammeProgrammeOnlineStudentsFind out more
22 October4pm - 6pmGlobal Lounge - Nigerian Cultural CelebrationEvent025/026, Pavilion, Clifton CampusNTU Staff and StudentsDrop-in
22 October1 -  2pm (City Campus) 3 - 4pm (Clifton Campus)Global Lounge BHM Book ClubDiscussionGlobal LoungeNTU Staff and StudentsDrop-in
25 October6pm - 8pmGlobal Lounge Movie Night - 'Get Out' FilmClifton Global LoungeStudentsDrop-in
26 October6pm  NTSU Book Launch: “The Cream: Stir It, Watch It, BUT…!” by Mitzie Simms-WilliamsTalkThe LevelAnyoneReserve your place
27 October7pm

Dr Leila Kamali: The History of Racism in Britain

TalkOnlineAnyoneReserve your place
27 October2pm - 3pmOur Most Influential Black Athletes of All Time.
Join staff and students from the Department of Sport Science as they discuss and debate who they think are the most influential black athletes of all time.
TalkOnlineNTU Staff and StudentsEnquire here
27 October12pm Why Diverse Zines Matter: Make your own zine workshopWorkshopOnlineNTU Staff and StudentsReserve your place
27 October 5.30 - 6.30pmGospel Choir Workshop: Join award-winning British gospel artist Freddie Kofi for a free gospel workshop.WorkshopDance Studio, Music CentreNTU Staff and StudentsEnquire here
27 October5pm - 7pmGlobal Lounge Movie Night - 'Hidden Figures' FilmCity Global LoungeStudentsDrop-in
29 October11am Celebrating Black Climate HeroesTalkOnlineAnyoneFind out more and join via Teams
29 October 5.00 pm - 6.30 pm The Spiritual & Inspirational Black Experience of MusicTalkLT7, Newton Building, City CampusAnyoneReserve your place
29 October1 -  2pm (City Campus) 3 - 4pm (Clifton Campus)Global Lounge BHM Book ClubDiscussionGlobal LoungeNTU Staff and StudentsDrop-in

Nottingham Trent Students’ Union (NTSU)

Two female students outside the Arkwright building

As a university and alongside the Nottingham Trent Students’ Union (NTSU), we are firmly committed to sustaining a highly effective learning and working environment characterised by fairness, equality of opportunity and the valuing of diversity.

Head to the NTSU website to explore their 'Black Futures' events this month. You can also discover black-owned businesses to support and vote for the most inspiring scientist in the 'Diversity in Science' awards.

Our African Caribbean Society, ACS, aims to educate and unite diverse students from NTU and the University of Nottingham, and The New Black Society strives to bring together a community of like-minded people with a progressive mentality to succeed in the face of adversity. The NTSU has also conducted a research project on the experience of Black students at NTU, which resulted in a position paper on the black attainment gap.

Black Leadership Programme

Colin Jackson CBE launching the Black Leadership Programme

NTU's Black Leadership Programme is a collaboration between Nottingham Trent University (NTU) and Nottingham Trent Students’ Union (NTSU). The programme is designed to empower Black second-year undergraduate students to gain confidence and become resilient leaders through a series of hands-on events and community-building activities.

Successful applicants get access to valuable events and opportunities, building the skills to become effective leaders. Applications for the next round of the programme open in December.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at NTU

NTU is dedicated to working to strategically advance equality, diversity and inclusion, and to support a culture of engagement underpinned by respect.

The University currently holds and is continually advancing our work in the Race Equality Agenda, Athena Swan Bronze Award (gender equality), Stonewall Diversity Champion (LGBT) and as a Disability Confident Employer.

The Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) team recognise that learning is vital to ensuring that our students and colleagues understand and are equipped with skills and competence to support inclusion and fairness. A dedicated space for self-education resources has been developed for our NTU community to benefit from. This online platform features educational videos, information articles, recommended reading lists and more, encouraging students and colleagues to continue to make informed decisions and continue to make an active contribution to making NTU an inclusive environment for all.

NTU staff have access to an Anti-Racism and White Privilege learning module as part of staff's essential learning, with an 'Understanding Racism' learning module available to all NTU students. Both offer the opportunity to explore and build an understanding of what Racism is and how it can be positively combatted.

We also encourage all our students and colleagues to participate in and complete the 2021 Race Equality Charter Survey that opens on 18 October and have their say on how NTU can continue to advance race equality.

If you have a general question for the EDI team at NTU, please email us.

Our Research

Panya Banjoko

Our NTU community of Researchers aim to break down barriers and tackle society’s problems. Meet some of our researchers who are working to celebrate, give agency and create a legacy for the Black community in Nottingham.

Panya Banjoko – Panya is a PhD researcher in NTU’s School of Arts and Humanities. Her thesis is around Politics in Poetry and the Role of African Caribbean Writers and Networks in the 1970s and 1980s. Panya is a key figure in Nottingham’s arts and culture community, establishing Nottingham Black Archive, which aims to collect, research and preserve Black history and heritage in the region and is the first organisation of its kind in the city.

Patricia Francis – Patricia is a PhD Researcher working across our School of Art & Design and our School of Arts and Humanities. Her research is a creative-critical analysis of the muting of dissenting women’s voices focusing on the women involved in the 1984-1985 miners’ strike and those involved in the Black Lives Matter movement.

Dr Dung Jidong - is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychology. His research areas include mental health issues among BAME (Black, Asian and minority ethnic) people, African cultural perspectives on mental health issues and Black & cultural psychology. His recent study has highlighted the significant gaps in support available to African and Caribbean communities struggling with their mental health in the UK, and will be offering a pilot programme of parenting workshops for these groups.

Sharon Monteith is Distinguished Professor of American Literature and Cultural History in NTU’s School of Arts and Humanities. Professor Monteith's interdisciplinary research focuses on literary activism, African American and Black British print and visual culture, the American South, the US civil rights movement and massive resistance to civil rights in the 1950s and 1960s. It also focuses on African American and Black British history, American literature and culture, feature film, documentary and art cinema, journalism and media cultures. Sharon’s most recent book is SNCC’s Stories: The African American Freedom Movement in the Civil Rights South (University of Georgia Press, 2020). Her current project is The Civil Rights Movement: A Literary History.

Don't forget to tag us with the hashtags below to share your involvement in Black History Month 2021!

#BlackHistoryMonth #BHM2021

As a university, we are proud to be a progressive and inclusive university, and we all have a part to play in tackling racism.

Read the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Edward Peck’s statement about the action NTU is taking to improve its knowledge, understanding and approach to racial equality.

For anyone who would like to self-educate, here are a set of articles that may help you as part of your journey.

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