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Proud to be: Dr Jason Arday

21 Oct 2021 | Advance HE We are celebrating Black History Month this October by inviting colleagues in higher education to share their successes and who they are proud to be. In this video, Dr Jason Arday talks about his journey to academia and Black excellence.


“I’m very proud to be a Black person in academia that tries to mobilise Black endeavour as much as possible, and really try to encourage as many Black and minority ethnic people as possible to enter the academy. And most importantly, not to survive but to thrive in the academy.”


Although he was unable to speak until the age of 11, or read or write until he was 18 due to a hybrid form of autism, Dr Jason Arday is an Associate Professor in Sociology at Durham University in the Department of Sociology and the Deputy Executive Dean for People and Culture in the Faculty of Social Science and Health.

He holds a number of visiting fellow and professorships at institutions in the UK and the USA and is a Trustee of the Runnymede Trust, the UK’s leading race equality think tank. He sits on the Centre for Labour and Social Studies (CLASS) National Advisory Panel and the NHS Race and Health Observatory Academic Reference Group and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA).

Watch Jason’s video here


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