Institutional Interaction and Race in Education: opening doors or closing opportunities?


Date: 31st March 2017
Venue: University of Huddersfield (further details to be provided after registration)
Time: 10:45am - 3:00pm

Deadline for Registration: 29th March 2017

This session of the BELMAS Research Interest Group on Race & Leadership aims to open debate and stimulate discussion of 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 (

Singh and Kwhali’s (2015) ‘How can we make not break black and minority ethnic leaders in higher education?’ and Bhopal and Brown’s (2016) Black and Minority Ethnic Leaders: Support Networks and Strategies for Success in Higher Education (both published by the Leadership Foundation) provide an insight to the ways in which ‘race’ both intersect and interact in organisations. This, and the challenges faced by aspirant BME leaders will be addressed in this seminar. By bringing together academics, postgraduate students and practitioners and those with an interest in race and educational leadership, this session hopes to 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: Professor Paul Miller (Huddersfield University), Dr Christine Callender (UCL, Institute of Education) and Dr Jason Arday (Leeds Beckett University)


10.45 – 11.15             Arrival and registration

11.15 – 11.30             Introduction to the day (Professor Paul Miller)

11.30 – 12.10             Dr Christine Callender

12.10 – 12.50             Dr Jason Arday

12.50 – 13.30             Lunch

13.30 – 14.10             Professor Paul Miller

14.10 – 14.50             Discussion (Dr Christine Callender)

14.50 – 15.00             Closing comments

 Registration for this event is free. 


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