Global Majority Educators - Teaching, Research and Academia

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Date: 22 January 2020
Venue: Bristol Business School, UWE Bristol Frenchay Campus, Coldharbour Lane, Bristol BS16 1QY
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Time: 18:00-20:00

Dr Jason Arday and Aisha Thomas

Global Majority Educators – Teaching, Research and Academia

A celebration of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic representation in education

Join us for a two-part speaker event followed by refreshments and professional networking. Aisha Thomas will share her journey and passion for 'Why representation matters' in education and for the second part of our event, Dr Jason Arday will share his personal journey into academia and research, the challenges and successes and how universities can be more inclusive.

Following her success in raising awareness through the BBC Inside Out West short documentary film exploring the shortage of black teachers in Bristol, Aisha went on to deliver her celebrated TedX Talk: 'Why Representation Matters'.

Dr Jason Arday is an Assistant Professor in Sociology at Durham University. He is a Visiting Research Fellow at The Ohio State University in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and a Trustee of the Runnymede Trust, the UK's leading Race Equality Thinktank.

This event will inspire all students, graduates & professionals to explore the value of representation in teaching, lecturing and research. In particular, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic students and professionals will be inspired to be or continue to be, Global Majority Educators.


Aisha Thomas -TedX speaker and Assistant Principle for Inclusion at City Academy School

Dr Jason Arday -Professor of Sociology at Durham University and a Trustee of the Runnymde Trust


18:00-19:00 – Two-part lecture (2X112, X Block)

19:00-20:00 - Refreshments and Professional Networking (Atrium, X Block)

There will be an opportunity for Q&As from the audience at the end of the discussion; please come prepared with your questions.


Please register to attend.


Jason Arday

Dr Jason Arday is an Assistant Professor in Sociology at Durham University in the Department of Sociology. Jason is a Visiting Research Fellow at The Ohio State University in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, a Research Associate at Nelson Mandela University in the Centre for Critical Studies in Higher Education Transformation and a Trustee of the Runnymede Trust, the UK's leading race equality thinktank. Jason sits on the Centre for Labour and Social Studies (CLASS) National Advisory Panel and is a School Governor at Shaftesbury Park Primary School in London.

Jason also sits on the following trade union equality committees; Trade Union Congress (TUC) Race Relations Committee; University and College Union (UCU) Black Members' Standing Committee and the UK Council for Graduate Education (UKCGE) Working Group on BME Participation in Postgraduate Research and was formerly an Elected Steering Committee Member of the Parliamentary Group Comprehensive Future. Jason is also part of the Universities UK Advisory Group on tackling racial harassment in higher education. He is a Graduate of the Operation Black Vote (OBV) MP Parliamentary Scheme, a scheme focused on unearthing the next generation of ethnic minority parliamentarians.

Jason's research focuses on race, education and social justice. He is the Co-Editor of two policy publications with Professor Claire Alexander (University of Manchester) and Dr Debbie Weekes-Bernard (Joseph Rowntree Foundation) which have been disseminated within UK Parliament from the Runnymede Perspectives collection funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC); Aiming Higher: Race, Inequality and Diversity in the Academy (February, 2015) and The Runnymede School Report Race: Education and Inequality in Contemporary Britain (September, 2015). He has also completed a report for University and College Union (UCU) entitled Exploring Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Doctoral Students' perceptions of a career in Academia: Experiences, Perceptions and Career Progression published in June 2017. Jason is the recent co-author of the Leading Routes' The Broken Pipeline Report: Barriers to Black PhD Students Accessing Research Council Funding with Paulette Williams, Sukhi Bath and Chantelle Lewis.

Jason is the author of the following titles: Considering Racialized Contexts in Education: Using Reflective Practice and Peer-Mentoring to Support Black and Ethnic Minority Educators (Routledge); Being Young, Black and Male: Challenging the Dominant Discourse (Palgrave); and Exploring Cool Britannia and Multi-Ethnic Britain: Uncorking the Champagne Supernova (Routledge). He is the Co-Editor of the highly acclaimed Dismantling Race in Higher Education: Racism, Whiteness and Decolonising the Academy (Palgrave) with Professor Heidi Mirza (Goldsmiths, University of London).

Jason is the lead-editor of the book series on Race and Education (Palgrave) with Professor Michael Peters (Beijing Normal University), Professor Paul Warmington (University of Warwick), Professor Vikki Boliver (Durham University), Professor Zeus Leonardo (University of California) and Professor James Moore III (The Ohio State University).

Jason also serves on the Editorial Boards of Educational Philosophy and Theory; and the British Sociological Association (BSA) journal Sociology. He speaks regularly at national and international conferences, as well as public and community events.

Aisha Thomas

Aisha is currently the Assistant Principal for Inclusion at City Academy. She has worked in a number of roles in the last six and half years, which has developed her expertise in EDI, safeguarding and PSHE.

She is a law graduate and has previous legal experience. After transitioning from educating, she has completed the national qualification for senior leaders (NPQSL), Roehampton University Level 6 Certificate of professional development in PSHE, Foundation for Educational Leadership – Leading with moral purpose and the CLF Diversity Leadership Programme.

As SLE for EDI and community, Aisha provides a full range of advisory and systematic support to EDI and PSHE leads in secondary schools. This includes developing inclusive practice in schools and setting up systems and procedures that meet the requirements of the Equality Act 2010. She supports schools by providing auditing tools which look at their school environment, the curriculum and their work force. She is also able to sign-post schools to find further support relation to specific protected characteristics, as listed in the Equality Act 2010.

Aisha also supports schools with reviews of their PSHE programme and their safeguarding process and practice.

September 2018 – Aisha joint forces with BBC Inside Out West to develop a short documentary film on the shortage of black teachers in Bristol.

Since then Aisha has gained local and national recognition and has spoken at a number of events across the country.

April 2019 – Safer Options Team

Aisha was asked to join the Bristol City Council Safer Options Team as Educational Inclusion Manager. Aisha developed a programme and system for schools to review their approach to 'weapons in school'. Aisha also developed a training session that would empower staff around the issues and cultural awareness around the issue. Aisha was then offered the role of Educational Consultant in September 2019.

Summer 2019 – One Bristol Curriculum

Following the success of the Inside Out programme 2018 and previous curriculum audits, Aisha developed a pilot to trial in schools, in an attempt to provide a framework for schools to begin to address the lack of black history in the curriculum. Teachers reported to Aisha that they were very keen to add 'colour' in to the curriculum and support the 'decolonisation of the curriculum' agenda, however, many cited capacity and knowledge as a barrier to change.

As a result, Aisha joined forces with two primary schools to pilot a simple framework that could be used to support schools in their ambitions to fully integrate black history in the curriculum, thus moving away from the Black History tick box, also known as BHM (October).

Project details: This project was linked with the Bristol One Curriculum. However, has been a separate commission led by Aisha, in partnership with Dolphin and St Barnabas. Bristol One Curriculum, is part of the education arm of the mayoral Commission on Race Equality (CORE).

The Bristol One Curriculum initiative is being run by cognitive paths. You can contact them on:

Cost: Free
Contact: Noor Nixon
Telephone: 0117 3284634

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