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Faith, Social Justice and Race

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Learners and tutors experience of education differs according to who they are, what they have experienced , what others  expect of them and what they have come to expect for themselves, with some groups enjoying a far more positive experience of education than others.  This experience constitutes a web on inter-related features including age, race, gender, socio-economic location and sexuality.  To survive education, some service users need to utilise all the cultural capital they can gather to help them navigate formal education.

This conference considers how groups can be marginalised and pushed to the edges of education structures, needing to seek permission before they can engage.  It explores how these groups have had to negotiate entrance and what capital has been needed to facilitate access.  It considers how they have used their personal agency to secure outcomes and what structures and systems including faith have helped to enable individuals and groups to persist in education.  Conference speakers will explore these issues through the personal testimony of service users and discuss the impact of events on students and staff and their ability to learn and teach. The speakers examine what students and tutors may need to overcome barriers to learning, and what part educators can play in assisting this.


09.30 Registration, tea and coffee
10.00 Welcome from convenors and introduce speakers
Sheine Peart, Nottingham Trent University; Louise Jackson, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance; Vicky Duckworth, Edge Hill University (Social Justice SIG)
Lynn Revell, Canterbury Christchurch University; Sally Elton-Chalcraft, Univesity of Cumbria (Religious and Moral Education SIG)
Erica Joslyn, University of Suffolk; Elaine Ulett, Oxford Brookes University (Race, Ethnicity and Education SIG)
10.15 My God is in the Baseline: Doing Liberation Theology in Urban Music Music Video
Professor Robert Beckford, Canterbury Christchurch University
11.00 Discussion about theme 1
11.15 Break
11.30 ‘Being and Doing Diversity – Black Female Professors in the UK’?
Professor Iyiola Solanke, University of Leeds
12.15 Discussion about theme 2
12.30 Lunch
13.30  “We’re not British values teachers are we?” Muslim teachers’ subjectivities and the governmentality of unease
Professor Vini Lander, Edge Hill University and Dr Francis Farrell, Edge Hill University
14.15 Discussion about theme 3
14.30 Panel discussion
14.45 Completion of evaluation forms
14.50 Closing remarks
15.30 Close of meeting


BERA offer a limited amount of bursaries for BERA Student Members only.

  • Bursaries are available for BERA Student Members to the value of £50 towards travel, and complimentary registration for the event.

To apply for one of these bursaries, please email with a 200 word statement on why you want to attend this event. Bursaries are offered on a first come, first served basis. Once approved you will be sent details of how to register online. Travel expenses will be reimbursed after the event in accordance with our travel policies. You must not have previously received bursary funding from BERA.