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Decolonizing the Psychology Curriculum Project: Blog update from the team


This months update comes from Dr Lesley-Ann Smith, team member for the project:


Following on from Charlotte’s blog, I am currently writing this on the day the first person in the world (outside of clinical trials) received the first Covid-19 vaccine here in the UK – there does appear to be light at the end of this very long and trying tunnel! Hopefully, Face, Space and Place will be a ‘thing’ of the past.


It is certainly proving to be a busy time for the research team. Following our inaugural team meeting, we discussed the appointment of a Research Assistant and this is going to Rhiannon, who has worked with Charlotte before on a previous research project. We also discussed our direct links and shared interests with one of the research groups based in the Psychology Subject Division – Diversity, Community and Inclusion and also an ongoing collaborative working group with colleagues and students – Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, where BAME, BLM and Decolonising the Curriculum are the core areas of focus for the group. We will be sharing our ongoing work and findings with both groups at our monthly meetings.


We are currently working on our ethical considerations application and we have a research team meeting on the 10th December 2020 to discuss the draft and fine tune our application. We hope to submit the final ethics on December 16th 2020. In addition to this, we are going to have a meeting with our Research Mentor, Professor Kneale, in the near future and we are looking forward to discussing our plans and aspirations for this research project in terms of findings and dissemination to a wider audience. We are already discussing potential conferences to present at and potential academic journal papers where we can submit our findings.


All in all, exciting times ahead and not only for us but for mankind as a whole!

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