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Decolonising Exeter – Teaching Toolkit

1 January 2020 - 1 December 2021

PI/s in Exeter: Dr Caitlin Kight, Tina Verhaeghe

Research partners:

Sponsor(s): Small Grants Scheme

About the research

This transdisciplinary, collaborative project aims to create a resource for all University of Exeter educators who are working to decolonise their teaching practice. It will respond to the frequent call for accessible, practical support that explains decolonisation and walks educators through the process of decolonising themselves, their content, and their methods of teaching and supporting learning. As noted frequently in the decolonisation literature, each locale has its own unique concerns and challenges, and external resources must be evaluated within the local context and adapted to ensure they are appropriate for local conditions – i.e., the University of Exeter’s particular blend of students, staff, learning environments, disciplines, and institutional cultural history. To achieve this, we will work with a student fellow to conduct a literature review and document analysis of guidance from across the sector, then engage with internal stakeholders to create a catalogue of good practice and existing initiatives from across the institution, current barriers to success, and priorities for further work. The outcomes of these explorations will be used to generate an interactive, multimedia toolkit containing guidance, case studies, checklists, recommended reading, and links to an online support community. All resources will be informed by Exeter-specific policies and contain clear explanations of how to pursue decolonisation work in line with our quality assurance procedures and in support of the needs of our unique learning community