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Race & Leadership RIG Meeting


'Race in organisations: Participation & Representation'

Date: Friday 11th November 2016
Time: 10:45am - 3:00pm
Venue: University of Roehampton, London

This session of the BELMAS Research Interest Group on Race & Leadership aims to open debate and stimulate discussion on the ways in which ‘race’ is understood and deployed in the theory and practice of educational leadership. As such, it examines ‘race’ within and beyond the experiences of minoritised groups and incorporates ‘race’ as a social construct that applies to all. Race then, is used as a prism through which to explore and interrogate issues such as: the gaze through which educational leadership research is constructed, monocultural leadership in multi-ethnic education spaces, access to and outcomes for those who participate in bespoke leadership programmes, the impact and interplay of policy on educational leadership theory and practice. Recent government pronouncements concerning equality in the form of the Public Sector Audit are intended to:

  • audit provision to shine a light on how our public services treat people from different backgrounds
  • enable the public will be able to check how their race affects how they are treated on key issues such as health, education and employment, broken down by geographic location, income and gender
  • show disadvantages suffered by white working class people as well as ethnic minorities
  • use the findings to influence government policy to solve these problems (

By bringing together academics, postgraduate students and practitioners and those with an interest in race and educational leadership, this session hopes to address the issues raised by this recent ‘initiative’ as well explore the ongoing ways in which ‘race’ and its intersections are understood within and through organisations. We hope that you find this a stimulating and topical debate.

Confirmed speakers: Dr Adedoyin Atewologun (Queen Mary University), Fred Grindrod (NASUWT) and Stephen Willoughby (Education Consultant)

Click here to read speaker biographies. 


10.45 - 11.15 Arrival and registration
11.15 - 11.30 Introduction to the day
11.30 - 12.10 Stephen Willoughby
12.10 - 12.50 Fred Grindrod
12.50 -1.30 Lunch
1.30 - 2.10 Dr Adedoyin Atewologun
2.10 - 2.50      Discussion (chaired by Dr. Christine Callender)
2.50 - 3.00      Closing comments

Registration for this event is free.

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