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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 2022 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.

Events and initiatives

We are very pleased to share our upcoming events and initiatives to celebrate BHM 2022. Browse the list and get involved in workshops, seminars, roundtable discussions and more!

W/C 3 October 

Talking about race

Wednesday 5 October, 1 - 3 pm, Online

Following on from the great feedback and overall success of the ‘Racism and Mental Health’ workshop delivered by Great Minds Training, earlier this year, we have invited them to return and host a session focusing on race in line with BHM365.

Honouring the theme for Black History Month of ‘Time for change: Action not words’, this session will give colleagues a safe space to explore the topic of race, not only in conversation but also how to be an effective  active bystander, and understanding the importance of changing attitudes towards institutionalised racism.

W/C 10 October 

Diverse Zines Matter - Zine Making Workshop

Wednesday 12 October, 2.30 - 4 pm, PAV026, Clifton Campus

Find out more about the history and theory of underground self-publishing, and get inspiration for creating your own one-page zine in this hands-on workshop.

W/C 17 October 

Sir Willard White at University Hall

Tuesday 18 October 2022, 7 pm, University Hall, Shakespeare Street, Nottingham , NG1 4FQ

We delighted to welcome world-famous bass-baritone Sir Willard White to University Hall. One of the best-loved and most versatile opera stars of the last 40 years, Sir Willard's illustrious career has taken him to the most prestigious opera houses and concert halls throughout the world.


Black in Sport

Thursday 20 October 2022, 6 pm - 8 pm, Teaching and Learning Building , Clifton Campus

This in-person, roundtable event will welcome a number of guest speakers, including Angelina Osborne, co-author of 100 Great Black Britons. The event will both showcase and champion the achievements of black people in sport, with guests encouraged to share their own stories of influential athletes.


Nine Night

Friday 21 October 2022, 4.30 pm -10 pm, Nottingham Playhouse, Wellington Circus, Nottingham, NG1 5AF

Following a smash-hit run at the National Theatre, Nine Night, Natasha Gordon’s ‘remarkable debut play’ (Evening Standard) transfers to Nottingham Playhouse. With free food from Jerk Station before the performance from 16:30-19:15, the performance will start at 19:30.

This event is aimed at students and staff from the School of Social Sciences, with tickets from just £1.

W/C 24 October 

Talking about race

Tuesday 25 October, 10 am - 12 pm, Online

Following on from the great feedback and overall success of the ‘Racism and Mental Health’ workshop delivered by Great Minds Training, earlier this year, we have invited them to return and host a session focusing on race in line with BHM365.

Honouring the theme for Black History Month of ‘Time for change: Action not words’, this session will give colleagues a safe space to explore the topic of race, not only in conversation but also how to be an effective  active bystander, and understanding the importance of changing attitudes towards institutionalised racism.


A new formation - How black footballers shaped the modern game

Wednesday 26 October 2022, 2.30 - 3.30 pm, PAV026, Clifton Campus

The focus for this informal, book-club style event will be A New Formation: How Black Footballers Shaped the Modern Game, edited by Calum Jacobs. Whether you've read the whole book, have just started it, or are simply curious about the unique role that Black British footballers have played in shaping the beautiful game both on and off the pitch, please come along (with a brew) for an open and inclusive discussion.

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 2022 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 2022!

#BlackHistoryMonth #BHM2022

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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