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31st March 2020

Building the Anti-Racist Classroom: Research Mentoring Pop-Up

PLEASE NOTE: We have taken the decision to postpone and reschedule this event in light of the uncertain circumstances with Covid-19. We must prioritise the health of our community at this time. Please only register below if you wish us to get in touch with you with a renewed date for this event. Take care, BARC


The Building the Anti-racist Classroom (BARC) collective is inviting academic researchers and students working on research projects to a ‘pop up’ workshop to share and discuss ideas, methodologies, ongoing work, and strategies for research and publishing. We recognise that scholarship requires intergenerational support structures and seek to bridge the research gap between academics and students to achieve this.

This one-day event, hosted at the University of Bath School of Management, builds on previous work that BARC has been doing over the past two years in building communities among scholars of colour, students of colour, and the staff in higher education that support us. The necessity of mentoring and safer spaces is well evidenced for ‘BME’ staff and students (Bhopal, 2019), and is especially important in recent times where across the globe racism is becoming more explicit and the political environment hostile. BARC has previously facilitated workshops in London, Kent, Middlesex, and Leeds and we hope to join up this growing network with the South West. If you are engaging in research as a member of staff or as a student working on essays, reports, or research projects, and you would benefit from this, please come along! If you’re interested, but not sure it’s for you – get in touch with us for a friendly chat.

10:00 – 12:00 Morning session for academics and doctoral researchers:

‘Bring-your-research’ group

BARC will open the session and set out principles and intentions for the space. Bring your draft research papers, PhD chapters/ideas, or reviewer comments for supportive discussion and feedback among peers. We hope that you will stay for the afternoon session which opens up to students engaging in research.

12:00 – 13:00 Lunch provided

13:00 – 16:00 Afternoon session for all students and staff:

Centering and celebrating student knowledge

Anamika Misra from the University of Kent will join us as guest speaker to open the session, reflecting on the dynamics of doing research as a student of colour. We follow with a panel discussion on the role of communities of colour in higher education.

Bring along your essay or dissertation plans for supportive discussion and feedback among peers and with academic colleagues of colour. Also bring along your non-academic writing, poetry, art and music to share as we celebrate generative and transformative creativity in the community. Please join us for lunch beforehand!

There are limited places, but registration is free and we have a small number of travel bursaries available. In the event that the workshop is heavily oversubscribed priority will be given to work that furthers anti-racist practice in higher education. Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/building-the-anti-racist-classroom-research-mentoring-pop-up-registration-95240985351

Email us regarding a travel bursary or to enquire if this workshop would suit your needs: barcworkshop@gmail.com


Bhopal, K. (2019) ‘Success against the odds: The effect of mentoring on the careers of senior Black and minority ethnic academics in the UK’, British Journal of Educational Studies. Routledge, pp. 1–17. doi: 10.1080/00071005.2019.1581127.