Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Black History Month - GENERICWEB

Each year throughout October the university recognises Black History Month.

This year, we have a variety of events and celebrations – everything from exhibitions, panel discussions, talks, and workshops.

Please have a look below and get involved! We will be updating the information with any additional details as and when they are confirmed.

List of events for Black History Month 2022
 Name of eventLocation of eventTime and date of event How to book
Blk this & Blk that ... a state of urgency.  Solo exhibition by Michael Forbes Djanogly Gallery, Lakeside Arts Throughout the month of October No booking required
Crowns: an exhibition celebrating hair and head coverings Lakeside Arts Pavilion Café. Throughout the month of October No booking required
Witness History - Celebrating Chemists
The witness history timeline will involve a series of black chemists throughout history highlighting their pioneering contribution to science
School of Chemistry. The timeline will be a visual piece placed in the School of Chemistry building foyer area. Showcase event on 7 October at 12pm. Timeline available to view until end of October. No booking required

Black History Month at Sutton Bonington
Panel discussion, culture festival, and a keynote speaker

Sutton Bonington   Throughout the month of October Various (TBC)

Black History Month celebration at halls of residence
Steel pan performance and workshops, drumming workshops, trial waistband making and BBQs. Organised together with the Afro-Caribbean Society.

Various halls across the university Monday 3 - Friday 7 October 2022 No booking required

Soul line dancing - learning the Jerusalema dance

QMC, Medical School Foyer Monday 3 October 2022, from 2pm No booking required


QMC, Medical School Foyer Tuesday 4 October 2022, from 2pm No booking required
Action, Not Words: Enabling Black Success.
A panel of Black staff, students, and alumni will be exploring what Black success means to them, what barriers they have faced and how they have overcome them. They will also discuss what facilitates Black success in Higher education for students and staff. 
 Online event Wednesday 5 October 2022, from 1.30pm - 3pm Book your place here

Steel Drum Band

Hipps Cafe, Medical School Wednesday 12 October 2022 No booking required
The School of Computer Sciences presents: Ada Lovelace's Day
Ada Lovelace’s Day is an in-person half-day event taking place to celebrate Black and Asian women in Computer Science and will consist of the screening of the inspiring film “Hello World” (2-3.30pm) and some short Q&A relaxed sessions (3.45-5.30pm), in which we will discuss why increasing diversity is important. This event is addressed to both academic staff and students
Computer Science Building, Room A07 Wednesday 12 October 2022, from 2pm - 5.30pm Book your place here

Students' Union Carnival
Come along to UoNSU carnival and celebrate in style. Enjoy live music, performances and stalls from different cultures, faiths and societies, as well as the Black and Minority Ethnic Students’ Network. You’ll also have the chance to try authentic global cuisine from local businesses.

East Drive (outside the Portland building) Wednesday 12 October 2022 No booking required
Students’ Union event: Am I Enough? 
A wellbeing Seminar with TedX Speaker Toluwa Oyeleye. This highly interative seminar will cover self-worth, self-love and self-confidence, allowing you to reflect on how each theme applies to your current reality and providing you with pratical tools to support you in making long-term transformative changes.
Online event  Tuesday 18 October 2022, from 4.45pm Book your place here
Born to exist: The woman I know 
The final part of Toonga’s nationally acclaimed Hip Hop Dance trilogy, Born to Exist invites change to overcome societal stigmas held towards ethnic minorities. 
Djanogly theatre, Lakeside Arts Tuesday 18 October 2022, from 7.30pm Book your place here
Hidden Figures in Psychology. 
Presentation of entries from students showcasing Black Scientists, Academics, Lab Technicians or Psychologists who have contributed to science and the history of our nation but who have been overlooked or ‘hidden’ and not given recognition. Voting and prizes given for the best completed templates will take place at the event. Refreshments will be provided
The Social Space, Psychology Building Wednesday 19 October 2022, from 2pm - 7pm No booking required
Artist Kim Thompson leads a presentation on her career journey and a creative workshop.  Faculty of Arts Wednesday 19 October 2022 TBC

Students’ Union: tour of the Blk this & Blk that… a state of urgency exhibition 
Third-year Art History student Mutiat Akamo will lead an exhibition walkthrough in the university's acclaimed Djanogly Gallery.

Lakeside Arts Wednesday 19 October 2022, from 3pm No booking required, but capacity for event is 40 people

A Dark Mind: Film Screening
The documentary is focused on mental health within the Black community and highlights the experiences and stories of six Black British people. It also features Black psychiatrists, therapists and NHS workers.

Hallward Library Screening Room Thursday 20 October 2022, from 6pm  TBC

Black Voices: fiction and poetry reading

Hallward Library Cafe Tuesday 25 October 2022, from 6pm  

Black and minority ethnic housing struggles past, present, and future.
This project will explore the current housing crisis through an exploration of its often untold racialised history, before turning to of new research into race, housing, and homelessness in Nottingham.

A40, Sir Clive Granger Building Tuesday 25 October 2022, from 6pm - 8pm  Book your place here
Take Action and Change Your Future with UoN.
Nottingham University Business School (NUBS) will welcome primary and secondary school children from black communities for a half-day program, including a business presentation by a successful young Black entrepreneur building a business enterprise.
Nottingham University Business School Wednesday 26 October 2022 Book your place here

Families, Friends, Selves: Approaches to Black-led Research By Us, For Us, With Us
Join Dr Leighan Renaud (Lecturer in Caribbean Literature, University of Bristol) and Dr Hannah Robbins (Director of Black Studies, UoN) for a workshop considering how we write with grace and care about ourselves and the people we love in our research. Considering topics including ethics, extraction, and autoethnography, this event will focus on giving voice and sharing agency in community research. 

This workshop is open to students and staff at all levels but will centre the work and experience of Black (including Black-mixed) individuals. Please be mindful of how you enter and participate in this session if you belong to another community group. This event is hosted by the Centre for Black Studies.Please address any questions to black-studies@nottingham.ac.uk . 

 Black Studies (American and Canadian Studies), Faculty of Arts  Thursday 27 October 2022, from 12.30pm - 2pm  Book your place here
Students’ Union movie night: Moonlight - 

Organised by the Film Making society
Winning best picture in 2017, Moonlight is a semi-autobiographical coming of age drama which follows a young black man, Chiron, as he navigates black masculinity while coming to terms with his sexuality in 1980's America. 

Studio Live!, Portland Building Thursday 27 October 2022, from 7pm - 9pm No booking required 
UoNSU showcasing the influence of Afro-Latinos in Latin America from Hispanic Society. E07, Monica Partidge Building Thursday 27 October, from 7pm - 9pm No booking required
BHM open mic fundraiser hosted by UoNSU A- Capella Society E41, Portland Building Thursday 27 October, from 6.30pm - 9.30pm No booking required

Radically redefining self and community as a form of liberation: A panel discussion
Through personal experiences, community stories and the sharing of theory, our panellists will discuss how we can sustain community and self through radical and anti-colonial practices of community building, adding to the ongoing discussion that surrounds Audre Lorde's idea of self-preservation being an act of political welfare.

Studio, Portland Building Friday 28 October 2022, from 12.30pm Book your place here
Apocalypse not now
Finalist of Britain’s Got Talent and star of BBC Radio 4’s Citizen of Nowhere Daliso Chaponda is finally back out of the house and on a stage with a new show of the slickest, sharpest look at life
Djanogly Theatre, Lakeside Arts Friday 28 October 2022, from 7.30pm Book your place here
Film screening: Hidden Figures
We will show the biographical drama film Hidden Figures about African American female mathematicians who worked at NASA during the Space Race.
School of Mathematical Sciences TBC TBC

Celebrating Black History Month over the years

Over the past few years, the university has held some amazing events to recognise and celebrate Black History Month. We encourage you to have a look back at events, workshops and discussions from previous years.

BHM 2020 artwork

Black History Month 2020

A look back at university events celebrating Black History Month 2020

BHM 2021 artwork

Black History Month 2021

A look back at university events celebrating Black History Month 2021


Events with Chancellor Baroness Lola Young of Hornsey

We have also had some amazing events with our Chancellor, including:

Beginning of presentation: Fireside chat between Chancellor Baroness Young and Vice-Chancellor Professor Shearer West
Fireside chat between Chancellor Baroness Young and Vice-Chancellor Professor Shearer West
Acknowledging racism web artwork
Acknowledging racism: panel discussion during Diversity Festival

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