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Race Equality News 2020



October 2020


Sarah Parker Remond Studentship in the Department of Psychology

The Department of Psychology at Royal Holloway is offering a PhD studentship to a strong, qualified applicant from one of the following categories of ethnicity: Black African; Black Caribbean; Black Other; Mixed – White and Black Caribbean; Mixed – White and Black African; or other mixed backgrounds (to include Black African, Black Caribbean or Black Other). This initiative constitutes a positive action measure under s.158 of the Equality Act 2010 to increase participation in an under-represented group of PGR students, as identified within the department. Access further information about the Sarah Parker Remond studentship. The deadline for applications is 5 pm on Wednesday 6th January 2021.


Royal Holloway Black History Month 2020

Black History Month has been celebrated in the UK since 1987, and takes place in October each year. This year’s national theme is to “dig deeper, look closer, and think bigger,” as we celebrate the achievements and contributions of Black and ethnic minority communities in Britain.

Royal Holloway joins this national celebration each year, reflecting our own diversity but also recognising the inequalities that still exist. The Cultural Diversity Network, Equality Team, Schools and Departments across the College will be holding virtual events and activities across the month, and working towards raising awareness throughout the year. Details of events, activities and resources can be found on the Black Hiistory Month 2020 webpage, and will be updated throughout the month. The Cultural Diversity Network is a voluntary network of staff from both academic and professional services, and meets regularly to discuss and propose actions affecting race (in)equality in our College. All staff members are welcome to join the Network – for more information and updates, please send a request to to join the MS Team channel.

 The Students’ Union have also produced a webinar series for students and staff in collaboration with other students’ unions across the UK, and details can be found on their website.



June 2020 

Racism in Science and Academia: A Conversation with Angela Saini

The Department of Psychology at Royal Holloway invited Angela Saini, independent British science journalist and author, to talk about Racism in Science and Academia. During this informative and valuable session, she talked with Dr Saloniua Krishnan from Psychology about how to change existing structure biases. 

Angela Saini presents radio and television programmes on the BBC and her writing has appeared in The Sunday Times, Nature, New Scientist, National Geographic and WiredShe has won a number of national and international journalism awards. Her book, “Superior: The return of Race Science”, is her latest contribution to a set of books that focus on inequality in science and academic life. In this book she explores the concept of race and rigorously debunks the notion that inequalities arise from biology rather than from imbalances in political power.


Previous Years

Race Equality News 2017

Race Equality News 2018

Race Equality News 2019