Since 2019, The Black History Month (BHM) Planning Group is working throughout the year in collaboration with many different departments, the Student Union, and the equality and diversity team. Year round activities are being planned by lots of departments from the Sports Training Village to Widening Participation.

You can find an overview of BHM 2020 activities on our blog. In addition, check out our recent articles Beyond BAME: In search of a new category and Changing the narrative.

Black History Month 2021

South West Black History Month Conference 2021. University of Bath is working with Wiltshire Council and other local partners in South West, including NHS Trusts, Fire and Rescue Services, Police, Ministry of Housing and others to deliver a free online conference open to everyone, with amazing guest speakers discussing this year's theme for Black History Month: "Proud to be". Hear from four brilliant speakers:

  • David Olusoga OBE - Black and British: Past, Present and Future
  • June Sarpong OBE - Turning the tide: Black people in the media and the workplace
  • The Rt Hon. Stuart Lawrence - Silence is not an option
  • Sam Allison / Anton Ferdinand - Why we kneel: an interview with Anton Ferdinand

Register on Eventbrite page.

In addition to BHM Conference, teams across the University have put a number of events and activities to mark BHM:

  • University's Race Equality Taskforce led by Prof Rajani Naidoo invites staff and students to 'Tackling Racism and Racial Inequality in Sport' session on 19th October, where Tom Hollingsworth CEO Sport England highlights findings from the Tackling Racism and Racial Inequality in Sport Review. You can register for the virtual event here. Welcome by Professor Ian White, the Vice-Chancellor and President at the University, respondent - Connor Russell in Sports Development and Recreation team at STV, chaired by Professor Rajani Naidoo and moderated by ED&I Officer Aiste Senulyte Zubiniene.

  • University of Bath Library and BANES Council Online Author Event. We will be hosting Paul Mendez (author of Rainbow Milk) for a talk titled 'Paul Mendez in conversation with Prof Rajani Naidoo'. Time slot and date: 6-7pm, Thursday 28th October 2021, hosted online on Zoom. Register here.

  • Library has set up a Black Literature and Culture Library list for the Black History Month 2021. Library will also be putting together a book display featuring titles from this list, which staff and students will be able to access on Level 2 of the Library during October. You will also be able to pick up free commemorative postcards and reading challenge bookmarks from the Library.

  • Careers team invite students to Sprint Personal Development Programme (14:00-17:30) covered in 7 sessions on Wednesdays in Oct/Nov and Dec. First session - 27th October.

The Sprint Programme is for all undergraduate students self-identifying as female, to help them to take hold of their personal development and to achieve their professional ambitions. If you are a student looking to build your confidence and employability skills and develop a greater understanding of how you can successfully navigate the workplace, then this programme is for you! We have great guest speakers of Black Heritage throughout the programme. Secure your place on Sprint webpage

Mazz Collacott-Nuur – Sergeant at Avon and Somerset Constabulary Berenice Dalrymple - Engineer at Thermal Energy International Ololade Adesanya - Director EY and the Wealth and Asset Management sector lead for internal audit Leslie Coombs - UK Independent Compliance Risk Management at Citi

  • Careers - Building a Network for your Future, Webinar with Bright Network – 18th October (tbc)

Within an increasingly digital world, developing a strong network & personal brand is a crucial. That’s why we’re bringing you this event, to help you gain confidence to communicate effectively & make the most of the opportunities that come your way - to get you that much closer to your dream role. Further details to follow

  • Careers - Mentoring and Why it can be so helpful in Building Your Career with Iyanu Agbedejobi (3rd year Chemical Engineering)

This will be a recorded interview and then available on

  • Bath Spa University has also invited our staff and students to attend an in person BHM event with Femi Oluwole, all details available on the registration page. You can find additional events and activities run by Bath Spa University on their BHM'21 webpage.