Equality, Diversity and Inclusion


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 2023
 Name of eventLocation of eventTime and date of event How to book

Black Industry Connections and Empowerment Programme 
Designed for undergraduate students of Black heritage to help them expand their professional networks, meet inspiring role models and find empowerment in their university experience. 

 N/A Applications accepted until Wednesday 25 October 2023   Find more information

GRIT Black Leaders Programme
A free personal development and coaching programme for undergraduate students of Black heritage.

 N/A Attend a virtual enrolment session on either Monday 16 or Thursday 26 October Find out more and book your place on an enrolment session here

Black History Month reading list 
Explore staff and student reading recommendations with Libraries' Black History Month reading list. Most titles are available to borrow in print or ebook format. 

Is your favourite title missing?
Is there a title missing from the list or our collections? Let us know the book's title, author and why you're recommending it and we'll add it to our reading list. We try to purchase as many suggested titles as possible for our collections. Suggest titles here.

UoN Libraries Throughout the month of October Explore the reading list or suggest a title to add to the list

Celebrating Black and Global Majority Communities 
Displays celebrating, recognising and thinking about all our Black and Global Majority Communities’ contributions and achievements. 

School of Education, Dearing building, Jubilee Campus Throughout the month of Ocotber Visit the Dearing building to view

Black Sporting Icons display 

David Ross Sports Village and Jubilee Sports Centre Throughout the month of October Drop in to see the exhibition

Exhibition: Reimag(in)ing the Victorians  
This exciting new exhibition at the university's Djanogly Gallery, Lakeside Arts, looks at how contemporary artists have reimagined the Victorians and the legacy of the Victorian era in their work. It includes work by leading artists who consider the impact of colonialism and empire such as British-Nigerian Yinka Shonibare, Ingrid Pollard and Heather Agyepong.

Djangoly Gallery, Lakeside Arts  October 2023 - January 7 2024. Open Tuesday - Saturday, 10am-4pm and Sunday, 12pm-4pm. Closed Monday. Free entry to the exhibition - drop in to view

Colurful Physics
Poster exhibition in the Physics building, trivia quizes and movie nights

Physics Building, University Park Every Thursday in October, 12.20pm-1.30pm Drop into the Physics building, open to Physics Students only

Selma film screening

Room B1, Physics building Thursday 5 October 2023 Book your place here
Black hair in the NHS: rights for staff and patients 
Public lecture with guest speaker Georgina Cox, Associate Professor at the University of East London, Lead researcher on hair racism in the NHS
School of Health Sciences Wednesday 11 October, 12.45pm - 3.45pm Open to Health Sciences students only
School of Physics Alumni ‘Study and Journey Talk’  Room B1, Physics building Thursday 12 October, 5pm - 6pm Book your place here
Black Women Power: Celebrating Nigerian Changemakers 
Being the most populous Black country in the world, Nigeria boasts many transformative women who, as leaders, originators, and entrepreneurs have compelled recognition through their society-shifting achievements reverberating beyond West African shores, leaving inspiration in their wake. This YNAD talk celebrates many such Mothers of Nigeria.
Centre for English Language Education  Monday 16 October, 6.30pm - 8.30pm Book your place here
Soul Line Dancing with StepnGroove
Come along and have a go or come have your lunch at the Caribbean Food stall.  Please bring hygiene donations. 
Queen’s Medical Centre, Hipps Café, A Floor  Wednesday 18 October, 12.30pm - 1.30pm No booking required - donations for the hygiene bank are encouraged 
Steel drum band  Queen’s Medical Centre, Hipps Café, A Floor Wednesday 18 October, 12pm - 2pm No booking required

Black History Month film screening
Film to be confirmed - Physics students have a choice to vote for either:

  • Just Mercy
  • Hair Spray
  • Harriet
  • Till
  • The Great Debaters
  • Remember the Titans
School of Physics and Astronomy Thursday 19 October, 5pm - 7.30pm Book your place here

Toni Morrison: The Pieces I am (film screening) 
The African American novelist Toni Morrison has had an enormous impact on contemporary literature and culture. This screening of the critically acclaimed documentary of Toni Morrison: The Pieces I am (2019) will offer a compelling insight into Morrison’s cultural and theological contribution.

Room A48, Clive Granger building Thursday 19 October, from 6pm No booking required. All welcome and snacks will be provided

Black Sport Collective Launch
Find out more about our Black Sport Collective and network with fellow students and staff at our launch event.

Coates Auditorium, University Park Friday 20 October, 6.30pm - 9pm Book your place here

Ask me anything: Black History Month Instagram live

ResX Instagram page Tuesday 24 October, from 7pm No booking needed - Follow @UoNResX on Instagram

Salsa dancing
Come along and try Salsa Dancing with Cross Body Leads.  Caribbean food stall in the foyer so grab your lunch as well. 

QMC, Medical Foyer Tuesday 24 October, 12pm - 2pm  No booking required, drop in to take part

'Sisters in Science' - School of Psychology
Submit a poster showcasing a black female scientist or scientific influencer. The winning entry will be framed and displayed in The School of Psychology. The deadline for entry is Tuesday 17 October.

School of Psychology Prize event to be held on Tuesday 24 October Submit your poster entry here 

Equality in STEM: Salute Our Mathematician Sisters!
Poster exhibition event to celebrate Black female mathematicians and their achievements with an opportunity to take part in an online quiz and talk. Refreshments will be provided. 

Maths building atrium, University Park Wednesday 25 October, 1pm - 3pm Open to Faculty of Science students only

When Poetry, Politics and Black Women Meet with Dr Panya Banjoko
Dr Panya Banjoko is founder of Nottingham Black Archive (NBA) and has directed it since 2009. The Archive has recovered the stories of World War I soldiers in an Arts Humanities Research Council funded project and the narratives of the Windrush generation through a Windrush Day Grant.

Humanities Building, Beeston Lane, University Park  Wednesday 25 October, 1.15pm - 2.15pm Book your place here

Celebrating Black excellence in Science: Yesterday, today, and always 
The Computer Science EDI Committee together with the Careers Team and the Faculty of Science will host an in-person Black History Month event, which will include:

Ice breaker, quiz, panel discussion, pizza and African & Caribbean refreshments.  

Room A07, Computer Science building, University Park Wednesday 25 October, 2pm - 4pm Book your place here
African drumming workshop  QMC, Medical School Foyer  Thursday 26 October, 12 noon - 2pm Drop in to join the session

Empower her words: Celebrating black women in creativity
Unleash your creativity and celebrate your truth through the power of words. Hosted by local creative, Cara Thompson.

Please complete the form to secure a spot, and note: spaces are limited and offered on a 'first come first served' basis. 


Room B6, George Green Library, University Park Thursday 26 October, 1pm - 3pm Book your place here - limited availability, so please book early!
Poetry Reading with Momtaza Mehri  Room B02, Monica Partridge building, Univeristy Park Thursday 26 October, 5pm - 6pm Book your place here
Frontiers in Physics Seminar - ‘The Geometry of Modern Physics’ 
Refreshments to be served in the foyer after the talk 
Room B1, Physics building Thursday 26 October, 5pm - 6pm No booking required

Let's talk...Black History Month
The next edition of our 'Let's Talk...' series will focus on being a a black athlete in the world of sport.

UoN Students' Union, Portland building Friday 27 October, from 6.30pm  Reserve a spot here

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 2022 artwork

Black History Month 2022

A look back at 2022's central event for Black History Month

BHM 2021 artwork

Black History Month 2021

A look back at university events celebrating Black History Month 2021

BHM 2020 artwork

Black History Month 2020

A look back at university events celebrating Black History Month 2020


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

Find out more about EDI at the University of Nottingham or our BME Staff and Student Networks. 


Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

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