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Driving cultural change

Santander Universities UK’s Union Black: Britain’s Black Cultures and steps to anti-racism course was launched at the end of 2021 in response to the Universities UK Tackling racial harassment in higher education report. The free online course is designed to drive cultural change across the higher education sector and will reach up to four million staff and students over the next three years. The six-hour course explores Black British history, informing and challenging learners, whilst contributing to the anti-racism agenda.

The programme was developed by leading academics and other notable experts and stakeholders, including Shadow Secretary of State for Justice David Lammy MP, who was interviewed earlier this year by Deputy Vice-Chancellor Chris Chang as part of Portsmouth Bookfest. Among the committee members who guided the course were University of Portsmouth Chancellor, Karen Blackett, and Baroness Valerie Amos.

Students who completed the inaugural course had the chance to win one of 50 Santander Development Grants of £500 to support their studies. Portsmouth’s Odubela Oluwatobi was one of the lucky recipients.

Odubela Oluwatobi

A more inclusive future

Congratulations to Odubela and the other students and staff who have completed the Union Black course. This programme will be freely available until 2024. 

To learn more about the University of Portsmouth’s commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion, please visit our race equality webpage.

Hear from first-year Master’s student Odubela Oluwatobi on the learnings he will take away from Santander Universities UK’s Union Black course, created to increase understanding of Britain's Black cultures and strengthen anti-racism. 

The course was right for me, my career goals and my professional skills. I gained from completing the 16 modules on Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion and I believe I should never stop learning.
Odubela Oluwatoi, MSc Engineering Geology