Liberating the Curriculum

Did you know that at UAL, Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic (BAME) students are 21% less likely to graduate with a 1st or 2:1 in comparison to their white coursemates?

And for those who are international students, 45% will graduate with a 2:2 or 3rd.

This year, while we continue to tackle the attainment gap, we will be focusing on liberating the curriculum; auditing the reading lists and course content to ensure that more women and BAME artists, theorists, and lecturers are included.

Decolonising the Arts Curriculum: Perspectives on Higher Education.

This zine is a Student Union and Teaching & Learning Exchange co-production, and is part of the ongoing work to address the attainment gaps that persist at UAL and the call to widen the curriculum. It is aimed at both students and staff, and intends to offer a collection of perspectives, ideas and thoughts on decolonising the curriculum, especially within an arts perspective. It is not intended to be a definitive education tool, but rather a zine that will engage those who are currently not engaging with these topics, raise awareness and open up conversations that will allow people to take things further in their courses and collaborate within and outside the university setting.

Arts SU Attainment Gap Report 2019

This paper was written to further a conversation that has been ongoing between UAL and Arts SU. Through our student and staff testimonies we highlight the systemic issues which arise, and in doing so, put a spotlight on the role race, class and privilege play at UAL.

Get in touch

If you'd like to get involved or have any questions please email:

Education Officer, Anita Israel: education@su.arts.ac.uk