Tackling Racism in Higher Education

Our officers are bringing an exciting opportunity to your attention! Santander has launched a new course to educate everyone in higher education, Union Black: Britain's Black cultures and steps to anti-racism. Pssst... there are scholarships up for grabs for those who take part!

At the Students’ Union, we know that we have work to do in order to create a truly anti-racist culture within our organisation, and need to lobby the University to do the same.

The end of Black History Month is by no means the end of our work in this area and we are looking forward to continuing our progress throughout the academic year. We are so excited to announce an opportunity that is available to all students and staff at Royal Holloway.

Tackling Racism in Higher Education

This year, Santander has introduced a course: Union Black: Britain’s Black cultures & steps to anti-racism. The Officer team highly encourages you all to get involved and share widely amongst your peers and lecturers.

What is the course?

The course is intended to support students and staff to increase their understanding of Black British history, race, and racism, and how individuals can make a positive difference. In total, it is six hours and can be completed anywhere with online access. 

How do I access the course?

The course is now available to students and staff at all UK universities. Access to the course is via the Santander Scholarship platform. Once you have registered you will receive an email from FutureLearn with the link to access the course within 24 hours.

An Exciting Benefit for you

All students who complete the course will be in with the chance to be awarded one of 50 scholarships worth £500 each. Recipients will be chosen by a random allocation from all students who have completed the course by 3 December. Scholarship recipients will also be invited to attend a live leadership event with high-profile ambassadors in January 2022. Everyone who completes the course will receive a digital certificate and will be invited to attend the event virtually.

Final Thoughts

Anti-racism work is a marathon, not a sprint, but we hope that we can make a difference by taking part in courses like this, developing a long-term strategy to decolonise RHUL, addressing the Black Awarding Gap, and of course continuing to amplify minority voices on campus. We are dedicated to becoming a truly anti-racist body of students and staff.

If you have any questions about the course or just want to have a chat please feel free to contact us!