Black History Month 2020

Throughout October, we celebrate Black History Month.

The University of Strathclyde is a socially progressive institution which recognises the potential, talents and contribution of all people regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, sex, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership and pregnancy and maternity (and paternity).

We are committed to creating an environment in which all students, staff and members of the University community irrespective of their background, race or ethnicity, feel welcomed and valued, and in which discriminatory behaviour and harassment is not tolerated.

Learn more below about race equality at Strathclyde, Black History Month events, relevant resources and research.

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Race equality at Strathclyde

The University has established a Race Equality Working Group, which will work to ensure and promote an inclusive environment for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) students and staff, promote racial diversity across the University and, where required, improve educational and employment outcomes for BAME students and staff.

The group will review evidence to identify areas for action, with particular regard to the representation and progression of staff and students, and develop recommendations for specific actions to address race equality issues. It will also coordinate consultation with students and staff on issues relevant to race equality.

Strathclyde also recently endorsed a landmark commitment to support a declaration against racism.

Our commitment

Race Equality Working Group

Our Race Equality Working Group brings together expertise from across the University community, including the Students' Union, Widening Access and faculties and departments. 

Meet the team

Our research

Professor David Murphy

Professor David Murphy’s research focuses on the history and culture of France’s former colonies in West Africa, and Senegal, in particular. He is also very interested in issues around race, identity and citizenship in contemporary France. 

Over the past 18 months, David has been working closely with the Lilian Thuram Foundation for Education against Racism. Lilian Thuram is an ex-French international footballer (World Cup winner in 1998) who launched this foundation in 2008: since then, he has published many books on race and identity, curated major museum exhibitions, and organised countless anti-racism workshops with schoolchildren. David is currently editing the English-language translation of Lilian Thuram's first, bestselling book, 'Mes Etoiles Noires', a history of leading black political, cultural and sporting figures, which will be published in early 2021.

Read more about Professor Murphy's research

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Dr Samuel Mwaura

Dr Samuel Mwaura’s recent work has focused on innovation and its impact on productivity, SME financing, the link between entrepreneurship and household wellbeing (including household wealth), and enterprise performance in developing economies and amongst ethnic minorities, migrants and women in the UK.

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Dr Churnjeet Mahn

Dr Churnjeet Mahn’s research falls into two broad areas: travel writing and heritage, and studies of race and sexuality. Much of her work to date has focussed on heritage in conflict and narratives of cultural memory and amnesia. She has a special interest in the way sections of national history are ‘erased’ from view, especially in the context of sites connected to heritage or tourism. Alongside this, she has developed an interest in queer travel writing and tourism, especially in the context of race and faith.

Read more about Dr Mahn's research

Events & resources