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Book Launch – Inside the Ivory Tower

Narratives of Women of Colour surviving and thriving in British Academia

To take place at University Square Stratford, 1 Salway Road, London E15 1NF

Go to the eventbrite page to book your place 

We are very pleased to invite you to join us for the book launch of ‘Inside the Ivory Tower’ and celebrate this rare opportunity that brings the voices of 10 Black British Female Academics to the forefront.

This book places the perspectives, experiences and career trajectories of women of colour in British academia at the centre of analysis, positioning academia as a space dominated by whiteness and patriarchy where women of colour must develop strategies for survival and success. It explores how the experiences of the contributors are shaped by race and gender and how racism manifests in day to day experiences in the academe, from subtle micro-agressions to overt racialised and gendered abuse. Presented as a selection of auto-ethnographies, each chapter touches on common themes such as invisibility, hypervisibility, exclusion and belonging, highlighting intersectional experiences. It is a must-read for anyone interested in equality within and beyond academia.

You can find out more information about the authors here:

This event is a chance to meet 9 of the academics involved (listed below). It will be a celebration of the book and the authors, with refreshments, a panel discussion, performances and an opportunity to buy a signed copy of the book.*

Event outline:

Welcome from Professor Nora Colton, Acting Vice Chancellor, UEL

Keynote – Dr Deborah Gabriel, co-editor of ‘Inside the Ivory Tower’

Contributors talk about their chapters

Q&A session

The book can be pre-ordered and please do send in any questions you have for the panel who will do their best to answer them at the event.


Dr Deborah Gabriel – Senior Lecturer in Politics, Media & Communication at Bournemouth University & Founder & Director of Black British Academics

Professor Shirley Anne Tate – Professor of Race and Education in the Carnegie Faculty at Leeds Beckett University


Professor Claudia Bernard – Professor of Social Work & Postgraduate Research, Goldsmiths University

Dr Jenny Douglas – Senior Lecturer In Health Promotion at the The Open University

Dr Ima Jackson – Lecturer in the School of Health & Life Sciences at Glasgow Caledonian University

Dr Josephine Kwhali – Senior Lecturer in Social Work, Coventry UniversityProfessor Heidi Safia Mirza – Professor of Race, Faith & Culture at Goldsmith College, University of London. (unable to attend)

Dr Elizabeth Opara – Head of the Department of Applied & Human Sciences at Kingston University

Aisha Richards – Associate Lecturer in Art & Design at UAL; Founder & Director of Shades of Noir

Dr Marcia Wilson – Head of the School of Health, Sport & Bioscience, University of East London

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Royal Society/Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowships – deadline 21 February 2018

The Royal Society is an independent academy promoting the natural and applied sciences. It has a dual role as the UK academy of science, acting nationally and internationally, and as a provider of a broad range of services for the UK scientific community.

The Royal Society Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowships, established through the generosity of the Leverhulme Trust, seek to provide opportunities for experienced academic researchers to focus on full-time research for up to one year by relieving them of all their teaching and administrative duties during that period. Preference is given to candidates who, as well as demonstrating scientific excellence, can show that such relief is particularly needed and timely.

Fellowships can be held at an applicant’s own university, or any university or not-forprofit research organisation in the UK. This includes industrial research organisations in the UK approved by the Council of the Royal Society and the Leverhulme Trust. The subjects covered are all areas of the life and physical sciences, including engineering, but excluding clinical medicine.

Applicants must have a PhD or equivalent and hold a permanent post at a UK university or eligible not-for-profit institution. Applicants must be at a stage in their career when they have a well-established, fully independent research programme of their own, and would particularly benefit from a period of full-time research. They should not have had sabbatical leave or other support relieving them of teaching and administrative duties for a total of one year or more in the three years preceding submission of an application.

Applications from mid-career candidates are particularly encouraged.

A fellow’s employing institution is reimbursed for full salary costs (including USS and NI) for an applicant (up to the equivalent of the minimum point on the lectureship scale as paid by host university). Research expenses of up to a maximum of £2,500 are also available to cover costs of consumables, equipment, travel etc. The length of tenure is between one academic term and one year.

Applications should be made using the Royal Society’s Flexi-Grant system by the closing date of 21 February 2018.

Tim Lomas updates us on his Royal Society’s annual pairing scheme

Last autumn, Tim Lomas was selected for the Royal Society’s prestigious annual pairing scheme, in which academics are partnered with MPs and civil servants. The aim is for the partners to spend some time shadowing each other’s work, gaining insights into their respective professions. As a result, MPs and civil servants become more familiar with the process of engaging in scientific research, and academics better understand how research informs public policy. In December, Tim spent two days shadowing a civil servant in the Department of Work and Pensions. He also spent two days with the other academic participants taking part in various activities and events in and around the Houses of Parliament, such as a mock select committee hearing. In Spring Tim will also host a reciprocal visit to UEL for his scheme partner after which he will give us a further update.

BOOK LAUNCH: Education, Equality and Human Rights: Rights: Issues of Gender, ‘Race’, Sexuality, Disability and Social Class

A Book Launch by: Mike Cole, Simon Forrest, Jane Kelly, Alpesh Maisuria, Jane Martin, Peter McLaren and Richard Rieser.A Book Launch by: Mike Cole, Simon Forrest, Jane Kelly, Alpesh Maisuria, Jane Martin, Peter McLaren and Richard Rieser.

Book Launch

Cass School of Education and Communities,

Room RB.G.13, Stratford Campus, University of East London, Water Lane, London E15 4LZ

31 January 2018 – 17.00-19.00

The fourth edition of Education, Equality and Human Rights has been fully updated to reflect the economic, political, social and cultural changes in educational and political policy and practice, as austerity continues and in the light of the EU referendum. Written by a carefully selected group of experts, each of the five equality issues of gender, ‘race’, sexuality, disability and social class are covered as areas in their own right as well as in relation to education. Key issues explored include:

  • human rights, equality and education
  • women and equality, historically and now
  • gender and education perspectives throughout time
  • racism in the UK from the Empire to the present
  • racism and education from imperial times to the May government
  • the making and remaking of sexualities
  • the challenges surrounding teaching and learning about sexuality in schools
  • the struggle for disability equality
  • inclusive education
  • social class, Marxism and socialism
  • social class inequality and education.

With an uncompromising and rigorous analysis of education and human rights and a foreword from Professor Peter McLaren, Education, Equality and Human Rights is an essential resource across a wide range of disciplines and for all those interested in education, social policy and human rights. The launch will be followed by a drinks reception.

RVSP: Diane Sharrier, & John Coleman,
Mike Cole is Professor of Education at the University of East London, UK.His latest books are Racism: A Critical Analysis (2016); Critical Race Theory and Education: A Marxist Response, Revised Second Edition (2017), and New Developments in Critical Race Theory and Education: Revisiting Racialized Capitalism and Socialism in Austerity (2017).

Simon Forrest is Professor of Social Sciences in Medicine and Head of the School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health at Durham University. He has a background in school teaching and research related to young people’s sexual lifestyles, risks, relationships and identities. He has co-authored a book supporting teaching about homosexuality in the context of schools, Talking About Homosexuality in the Secondary School (AVERT , 1997), and has since published numerous papers and other articles in the field of young people’s sexual attitudes and lifestyles. He is Chair of the Board of Trustees at AVERT , a leading global AID S charity, and contributes to local and national initiatives aiming to support boys and young men.

Jane Kelly taught Art History and Women’s Studies at Kingston University until she retired in 2002. Since then she has been involved in Southwark Day Centre for Asylum Seekers which has three day centres, each open one day a week. In addition, she has recently re-joined the Labour Party.

Alpesh Maisuria is a Senior Lecturer with an expertise in social class and educational policy. He is current research is based on the neo-liberalisation of education in England, drawing upon Marxism and critical realism to understand these developments as ideologically driven. He also has an interest in Swedish social democracy and communism and education policy. He is also Deputy Editor of the Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies (JCEPS).

Jane Martin is Professor of Social History of Education at the University of Birmingham. Her first book, Women and the Politics of Schooling in Victorian and Edwardian England, won the History of Education Society (UK) Book Prize in 2002. She has published widely in various international journals in the field of gender and education, history of education, sociology of education and women’s history. She is joint editor of the Routledge Progressive Education Series. Her most recent book is Making Socialists: Mary Bridges Adams and the Fight for Knowledge and Power, 1855–1939 (Manchester University Press, 2013). Future publications include Gender and Education in England since 1770: A social history to be published in the Palgrave Macmillan Gender and Women’s History Series in 2018; and a biography of author, teacher and socialist Caroline Benn (1926–2000).

Peter McLaren is Distinguished Professor in Critical Studies, College of Educational Studies, Chapman University, where he serves as Co-Director of the Paulo Freire Democratic Project and International Ambassador for Global Ethics and Social Justice. He is also Honorary Chair Professor at Northeast Normal University, China, where he serves as Honorary Co-Director of the Centre for Critical Pedagogy Research. Professor McLarenis the author and editor of 45 books, and his writings have been translated into 30 languages.

Richard Rieser is a disabled teacher, trainer, writer, speaker, campaigner, film maker, and an international advocate/consultant for inclusive education and disability equality in many countries around the world. He runs World of Inclusion Ltd ( As a disabled teacher, Richard taught for 25 years in primary, secondary, FE, and lastly as an Advisory Teacher for Inclusion in the London Borough of Hackney. After this he became full-time Director of the charity Disability Equality in Education, which trained over 120,000 education professionals. All Richard’s work is prompted by disability equality, inclusion and the social model of disability. Richard was UKDPC representative at the Ad hoc Committee framing the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. H e is author of the only handbook on implementing Article 24: Inclusive Education, for the Commonwealth. He has held many positions, including UK Rep on the European Disability Forum from 2004 to 2012, Chair of the Alliance for Inclusive Education and Vice Chair of Council for Disabled Children for 12 years and on various UK government committees. He is Coordinator of UK Disability History Month (www. Recently, World of Inclusion won an award at the Zero Conference, 2016 for a series of anti-disablist bullying films and resources.

At the ECU Athena SWAN Awards and Psychology submits!

Dr Lisa Mooney, PVC Research and Knowledge Exchange, and Clare Matysova, Athena SWAN Project Officer, were pleased to receive the institutional Athena SWAN bronze award on behalf of UEL.

The award reflects the hard work of all those involved in Athena SWAN related work. We are still early on in the journey and now in the process of implementing the comprehensive Athena SWAN action plan​.

One of the keys areas we are working on is enabling more consistent approach to flexible employment across UEL. This includes training for line managers and teams during 2018 and promotion of good practice through gathering case studies; for example working job share, successful career progression while working part time and take up of the recently introduced Shared Parental Leave. If you would like to contribute your story, please contact

Further, now we have the institutional award, UEL’s Schools are able to make departmental applications which will enable identification and tackling gender equality issues specific to each School.

The School of Psychology have recently submitted our first departmental application in November 2017 and we expect the outcome in April 2018. Dr Sharon Cahill and Dr Caroline Edmonds are co-chairs the School’s self-assessment team and led on the submission.

Dr Caroline Edmonds said ‘the self-assessment process has enabled us to identify specific areas of improvement and to embed plans within broader School planning, both long and short term. One of the areas we are keen to start tackling is the gender imbalance in grant applications and success.’

If you would like to find out more, please contact your School Athena SWAN champion​

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Time: Networking starts 5.30, Discussion starts 6pm

Venue: USS

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​Date: 20th February 2018​

Time: Networking starts 5.30, Discussion starts 6pm

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