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Race Equality News and Events 2020


November 2020

Gospel and Jazz Communities in Britain. 

Black scholar-gospel artist Alexander Douglas gave a talk as part of the Royal Holloway 'Introduction to Jazz' options module. The session explored the formative experiences of one jazz musician coming of age in terms of both identity and music as part of both the jazz and gospel music communities. The talk covered the specificities of jazz in the UK, with philosophical aesthetics presented as more than a mere ‘academic enterprise’ but as a means by which this artist has become an academic and now also an activist.

"Alexander Douglas is an interdisciplinary and portfolio researcher working across philosophy, music, mental health, anthropology and theology. An award-winning jazz musician, he has played bass clarinet in the Julian Joseph Big Band, toured with Pinise Saul and the South African Gospel Singers on piano, directed an all-star klezmer band including Ayanna on 'cello and Arun Ghosh on clarinet and played a live version of John Coltrane's A Love Supreme at the 2016 Manchester Jazz Festival with Gary Crosby, Rod Youngs and Nathaniel Facey. His Bach-and-spirituals solo piano project A Sacred Journey was premiered at the 2019 Three Choirs Festival and he is also Artistic Director of the Huddersfield Bach Collegium. He is currently working (slowly!) on a new phenomenology of music, language and mental health."


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 Black and Global Majority Staff 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 and Events 2017

Race Equality News and Events 2018

Race Equality News and Events 2019