Episode 010: Decolonising the Curriculum

Hello and welcome to episode ten of the Learning & Teaching @ Newcastle podcasts

There is a transcript available.

As we celebrate black history month, we look at Decolonising the Curriculum and speak with key members of the university about this subject. In this episode, we try to go beyond the title and see how the process can be implemented here at Newcastle University.

In our first segment, Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Education Tom Ward shares his thoughts on why this is such a crucial step for us personally, institutionally, and nationally.

Students have greatly contributed towards the push to decolonise the curriculum.  We spoke with NUSU’s new Education Office Livia Scott, who has made Decolonising the Curriculum (or DeCol for short) a priority for her role. Livia shares what the student union is doing to work with students and staff to implement change through the ‘Decolonising NCL’ campaign. 

We then explore what this change is like in practice. Dr. Paula Waterhouse from the School of Dentistry takes us through the wider context behind their decision to make a pledge, and the steps are taken to Decolonise a Curriculum like dentistry. Paula offers her advice for other schools looking to go through a similar process.

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Links for the episode

Decolonising NCL X BHM Panel Discussion NUSU Recording – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gzymu46isMY

Newcastle Changemakers video – https://twitter.com/changemakersncl/status/1270772605176463366

School of Dental Sciences EDI Update video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Z1DJq2Z3eY&t

School of Dental Sciences Pledge to NUSU – https://www.ncl.ac.uk/mediav8/dental/files/Decol_pledge_SDS_NUSU.pdf

Transcript available here