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Anti-Racism at Newcastle University

Anti-Racism at Newcastle University

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

Anti-racism @ Newcastle University


The HaSS Research Institutes (Institute for Social Science, Humanities Research Institute and the Institute for Creative Arts Practice) are working collaboratively with Dr Heather Smith and Professor Peter Hopkins on anti-racism.

Several reports - such as The Runnymede Trust report on Aiming Higher: Race, Inequality and Diversity - demonstrate the need for a continual keen awareness and understanding of racism and action for anti-racism within universities.

Professor Anoop Nayak defines anti-racism as ‘a political challenge and intervention in racist policy and practice’.

At Newcastle, we teach about anti-racism; we research anti-racism and this research has real-world impact; and we work towards changing professional policies and practices.

In conversation with Heather Smith

In this video, Dr Heather Smith, Senior Lecturer in Education at Newcastle University is interviewed by Peter Hopkins, Professor of Social Geography at Newcastle University.

Heather is an experienced anti-racist researcher and educator who regularly employs critical race theory (CRT) in her teaching and research. In this video, Heather explains the urgent need for anti-racism in education and explores how to teach about and for anti-racism.

Events and news

Researching racism and anti-racism

A cross-university webinar series sharing insights from current critical research about racism and anti-racism (convened by Heather Smith and Peter Hopkins)

In this webinar series, we hear from experienced scholars about their research into issues of racism and anti-racism. These webinars focus on racism which is the old yet enduring set of discourses and practices that work to reinforce the hierarchical ordering of groups of people. We draw attention to the problematic ways that images, practices and representations are utilised to discriminate against individuals and groups, and how mechanisms of racism play out through institutional power and domination.

At the same time, we amplify anti-racist approaches by exploring the political interventions made to resist and overcome racist policies, practices and attitudes. The research we draw attention to is about generating social change through transformative actions.

The Forgotten

In June, a report by the commons education committee (which was not signed off by all members of the committee), entitled ‘The Forgotten: how white working pupils have been let down, and how to change it’, claimed, amongst other things, that the concept of ‘white privilege’ is divisive and promotes disharmony. Professor David Gillborn, emeritus professor of critical race studies at the University of Birmingham, has written an excellent riposte outlining some of the many weaknesses in the report in an article: How white working-class underachievement has been used to demonise antiracism

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences