Liverpool Learning Summit - Race Equality

Liverpool Learning Summit 2021: Race Equality

The first Liverpool Learning Summit took place from the 18th to the 22nd of January 2021.

Liverpool is a thriving cultural capital, and at the heart of this are the 4 Universities in the City which work in collaboration to drive the knowledge economy within the city. With this in mind, the Centre for Innovation in Education hosted this week long event to highlight these topics within our curriculum and community, as well as opportunities to discuss the effective and meaningful changes we can make within our courses, the University and the City. 6 in 10 graduates stay in the city after the end of their programme to call this diverse and unique city home, the connection the University of Liverpool has to the City of Liverpool is widely felt for both staff and students.

The University of Liverpool exists ‘for the advancement of learning and the ennoblement of life’ and being one of four universities in Liverpool it is our civic duty to reflect on our practice and the consequences of not challenging our biases and perceptions. Racism and discrimination are more prevalent than many of us are aware, and this not only impacts the experiences of our colleagues and friends, but also the quality of teaching and research we can produce. With this in mind, the Centre for Innovation in Education hosted this week long event to highlight these topics within our community, and discuss the effective and meaningful changes we can make within the University and the City.

The aims and takeaways from the summit were:

  • Explore issues of racism and discrimination in Higher Education in the context of the curriculum and the City region; and the impact this can have on our staff and students.
  • Provide a platform for our BAME colleagues to share their experiences on the inequalities pervasive in Higher Education in the UK for staff and students alike.
  • Create an understanding of inequalities in the context of the Universities’ civic responsibility in the Liverpool City Region.
  • Learn how privilege can affect personal and professional circumstance, reflect on what constitutes unconscious bias, and challenge our own dispositions. 
  • Celebrate the experiences our BAME colleagues share with us as attendees.
  • Take away knowledge and understanding you can implement into your teaching and your personal life.
  • Recognise how these experiences can be reflected and applied in our curriculum as educators.
  • Become more aware of a wide range of experiences.
  • Understand our responsibilities as educators within this diverse city.
  • Feel part of a community of educators committed to equality and diversity.

If you would like to get involved, or know more about this, please email cie@liverpool.ac.uk

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