Black History Month is an opportunity to recognise and celebrate the contributions of Black people to society in the UK and around the world. Started in 1970 in the USA and adopted in the UK in 1987, UK Black History Month takes place every October and addresses issues such as colonial history, slavery, civil rights movements and the contribution of the Black community to music, arts and culture.
In the context of higher education, Black History Month is an opportunity for the sector to focus on longstanding issues such as decolonising the curriculum, the representation of Black academics amongst university staff and the gap in outcomes and degree awards between White and BAME students.
Advance HE is committed to supporting the sector in improving the outcomes and experiences of Black students and staff across the entire HE sector. Below we share stories of Black success, experience and action in higher education.