Introducing the Decolonising the Curriculum Survey, for Exeter Cornwall Students
"The University of Exeter suffers many side effects of a colonised curriculum. Like many UK universities we struggle with a BME attainment gap. We’re not hitting our targets on state school, BAME and international student intake. We have a bad reputation for elitism and racism scandals. Since entering my role as President Exeter I’ve been impressed by the amount of behind-the-scenes work going on to tackle these problems and change the culture of the university, from the Exeter Decolonising Network, to the Success for All strategy being implemented by senior staff, to the work going on within individual departments. However, I haven’t seen a collective effort to decolonise the curriculum across the Cornwall campuses, that draws in student feedback reflecting the lived experience of studying here. Therefore, I wanted to use my privileged position to help push this collective movement, simply starting with a survey of our students. This is intended to serve as an initial touchpoint with Exeter students studying in Cornwall to know what you think about your curriculum and what needs to be done to change it. It’s open to all students to respond to, regardless of ethnicity. Taking the results from this survey I intend to work with the University and individual departments to push for tangible action plans when it comes to decolonising the curriculum, which should include focus groups to gather more in-depth feedback from BAME students, specifically. "
- Cara Chittenden, SU President Exeter
Read Cara's full introduction to the Decolonising the Curriculum Campaign, including rationale and references.
So, what does Decolonising the Curriculum mean?
“Decolonization involves identifying colonial systems, structures and relationships, and working to challenge those systems. It is not “integration” or simply the token inclusion of the intellectual achievements of non-white cultures. Rather, it involves a paradigm shift from a culture of exclusion and denial to the making of space for other political philosophies and knowledge systems. It’s a culture shift to think more widely about why common knowledge is what it is, and in so doing adjusting cultural perceptions and power relations in real and significant ways."(University of Keele, “Keele’s Manifesto for Decolonising the Curriculum”, 2018)
If you’d like to read more about Decolonising the Curriculum before completing this survey, please consider reading the following articles:
Exeter Students- Complete the Decolonising the Curriculum Survey Below:
Participants in the survey will be in for a chance of winning an exclusive Exeter merchandise bundle, through entering into a prize draw.*
The prizes are:
- 1 x Hoodie
- 1 x Steel Water Bottle
- 1 x T Shirt
- 1 x Beanie
The winner will be able to select their preferred size and colour of each item subject to availability.
* This is an opt-in element which is not compulsory!
If participating in this survey has inspired you to join the movement, or educate yourself on decolonisation, NUS have a brilliant and informative range of resources at the NUS Decolonisation Campaign Mixed Media Library. We encourage you to check them out!
If you would like to be further involved in the Decolonising the Curriculum campaign please email firstname.lastname@example.org