Institute for Social Science


Anti-Racism at Newcastle University

Find out more about our research into how we can tackle racism.

Antiracism @ Newcastle

The Institute for Social Science, in collaboration with the University's Dean of Social Justice, are exploring the topic of anti-racism. We initially had an event arranged for 17th March 2020 but had to cancel this due to the Covid-19 pandemic. We want to discuss how we employ anti-racism in our teaching and research, in our professional practice and in our activism. We are interested in learning more about the:

- concepts and framings in research about race and ethnicity

- diverse pedagogical approaches employed in teaching and learning about anti-racism

- how we can work to challenge racism and promote anti-racism at Newcastle University Also, we want to ask, what does an anti-racist university look and feel like?

In conversation with Heather Smith

In this video, Dr Heather Smith, a Senior Lecturer in Education at Newcastle is interviewed by the University's Dean of Social Justice, Peter Hopkins. Heather is an experienced anti-racist researcher and educator who regularly employs critical race theory (CRT) in her teaching and research.

In conversation with Heather Smith

Please note that we are working on accessible versions of these materials - please bear with us until we are ready to upload these.

Student contributions on anti-racism

Below are a number of examples of the contributions made by Newcastle University students on the topic of anti-racism.

These 4 videos are some of the very best videos produced by stage 3 BA students taking the module ‘Social Justice and Education’ as part of their Education or Combined Honours degree. The module is partly assessed by the making of a video (10-15 minutes in length) which asks the students to name a problem in education relating to an educational inequity and to propose a solution, both of which must be justified and situated within a political typology. The students choose a diverse range of subjects, from period poverty to relationship and sex education to school academisation. These videos focus directly in race equality and anti-racism. Permission to share these videos has been granted by each individual student (Heather Smith, ECLS).

Sarah Dickinson - The lack of black teachers in leadership roles

Joe Barnes - Racism in education

Sophie Pegg - The marginalisation of black girls within education

Jemima Lyon - A problem relating to inequality in education

The link below leads to a page on the Newcastle University Student Union webpage from October 2019 entitled "Black is Gold" and includes some remarkable videos and resources.

Newcastle University Student Union - Black is Gold

This series of blogs have been produced by students who have participated in a 3rd year Sociology module on ‘Race and racism’ led by Dr Bethan Harries, a Senior Lecturer in Sociology. The blogs were motivated by the student’s own interests and activism in anti-racism. They are in part a response to the prevailing moment within the Black Lives Matter movement. They also have significant and lasting relevance. They highlight the enduring effects of racism in the UK and propose ways forward to dismantle embedded racism, including reflections on what we can change within our education institutions.

PGR Sociology @ Newcastle University blog

Concepts and Approaches

Here are some videos and resources about the concepts, approaches and framing employed by social scientists in their work about anti-racism, including some work from Lydia Wysocki, a Research Associate in Education at Newcastle University.

In the video below, Lydia Wysocki explores Derek Bell's concept of Interest Convergence and Interest Divergence.

Lydia Wysocki - Interest Convergence/Divergence


In these notes and accompanying slide, Professor Anoop Nayak discusses race inequality.

Race inequality - Word doc, 18KB

Race inequality - Word doc, 18KB


Here are some resources about anti-racism that can be used in teaching, in research, in activism and to inform your professional practice.

In this video, Lydia Wysocki makes some suggestions for anti-racist readings. Lydia has also kindly allowed access to the PowerPoint she uses in her video, which will allow easier access to the resources she discusses

Lydia Wysocki - Anti-racist readings

Lydia Wysocki - Anti-Racism readings references - .pptx, 50kb

The links below will allow access to a number of BAFTA-nominated director, Tina Gharavi's documentaries.

Last of the Dictionary Men - A documntary recording the history of the South Shields Yemeni community.

King of South Shields - The story of how one person can have a lasting effect on the lives of many people.

I am Nasrine- I Am Nasrine follows the paths of Nasrine and Ali, sister and brother in a comfortable, middle-class Iranian home. When Nasrine has a run-in with the police, the punishment is more than she bargained for.

TRIBALISM IS KILLING US - TRIBALISM IS KILLING US (TIKU) is an essay film about our shared past–– an attempt to understand the science and social politics of division


The followig link provides access to a Runnymede Trust report regarding Race, Inequality and Diversity.

Aiming Higher Race, Inequality and Diversity in the Academy