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Student-Led Anti-Racism Projects

Student-Led Anti-Racism Projects 2020/21

Student-Led Anti-Racism Projects 2020/21

Following engagement with the student community, the University Provost's Office committed £25,000 for Student-Led Anti-Racism projects in the academic year 20/21.

A panel consisting of students and staff met on Friday 18th December 2020 to discuss the ten project applications. They agreed to fund five projects lead by the following student project teams, and supported by the Education Incubator: 

The first call for projects took place in December 2020, where five student-led projects were chosen.

As part of our Education Innovation Lab, we held a second project call in April 2021, resulting in two further project student project groups joining the Incubator. If you are interested in learning more about these two projects, please check our Education Innovation Lab.

The fund has been used for a combination of salary funding (via the student campus partner scheme) and other related costs such as speakers, catering, travel, and publishing costs.

Projects are working to meet the following criteria:

- The project will focus on anti-racism and inclusivity within the student journey

- The project will be collaborative in nature

- The project will be student-centric in nature and driven by a need identified by students.

Put simply, we are working with students at Exeter who are developing innovative ideas and approaches to enhance the anti-racism agenda both within the University community and beyond. 

You can learn more about the current student-led anti-racism projects below:

Alexandra Westlake, Rachel Appiah, and Sarah Hachem

We are a student-led initiative that aims to liberate the curriculum from western centricity and potential unconscious bias. We believe this has alienated students and produced graduates whose education failed to represent the diversity of society and academia. Inspired by the work of Penryn students and other universities, in addition to our own experiences, we have identified the need to open a new dialogue to create a catalyst for change on our own campus. This project will evaluate the Politics curriculum: analysing the consideration and inclusion of ethnically diverse academics and perspectives. We believe that education at the University of Exeter should reflect the diversity of its body, it is essential to create an academic space that embraces global thinking. For more information on the project, watch us present our project below, and check out our links here: Instagram - Twitter - Email

Sundus Quereshi

Exeter University plans to establish a Policy Clinic. This clinic will focus on key areas of reform - providing students with the platform to engage with real-world law and policy issues. As part of initiating the Clinic, our team is hosting a series of Immigration Policy seminars. These seminars will feature guest speakers delivering talks related to immigration law/policy. The Clinic also aims to touch upon areas that are either related to or directly influence racism. The aim of these seminars is to educate the students of Exeter about policy issues and provide them with a platform that they can use to get involved in policy reforms. Watch my presentation below to find out more about the project.


Hanife Hursit and Andrea de Jong

The Creative Switch (@creativeswitchexeter) is a community that spotlights BIPOC creatives, their work, and their experiences at university. Our project challenges the predominantly white spaces within Exeter’s creative circles by sharing the experiences of the minorities within them. We aim to create a diverse arts network whilst simultaneously promoting inclusivity within Guild-affiliated societies. Our page currently provides visual and written accounts of student experiences at Exeter, but we hope to expand our community reach through speaker-based events which will benefit those looking to access creative industries. 

To find out more, watch our video below or click one of our links: Project Website - Instagram - ​Email - Facebook

Rhianna Garrett, Nina Cunningham, and Manan Shah

Our project ‘Active Together’ aims to create long-lasting positive effects on the way Exeter students approach discussions about racial diversity within sports societies. We urge the student body to recognise both aggressions and daily microaggression towards students of colour and no longer accept silence as an option. Our mains goals are to provide compulsory diversity training for AU/Guild staff members, create sports inclusivity badges that establish a zero-tolerance policy on all forms of racism to provide safe spaces and promote the voices of students of colour in both sports societies and the university campus. It is essential to make students feel supported and secure when participating in activities that are so crucial to students physical and mental wellbeing. To find out more about our project, watch our video below, or click on one of our links: Instagram - Twitter - Email

Asha Ali, Clara El-Akiki, Mishaal Javed, Roman Ibrahim, and Arthur Dart

Last year, the postgraduate drama department created the one-of-a-kind online magazine ‘The Rest of Us, Stories’. Seeking to highlight true expression and experience, The Rest of Us is a collection of articles, poetry, videos and photography of Exeter’s students of colour. This year, we want to continue and expand ROU’s legacy. Once again, we hope to see Exeter’s creative community of people of colour thrive. With a philosophy grounded in anti-racism and decolonial knowledge production, the Roots Resistance is a student-led project that seeks to support the POC community in Exeter. In order to do so, our platform will include a multitude of creative projects from photography, music performance, poetry, storytelling and film. In collaboration with students of colour at Exeter who share our vision, we aim to build a hub of expression limited only by an exclusive commitment to fostering a safe and inclusive community for all. We hope to amplify the voices of our community and ensure due recognition for efforts is provided.The arts is not only a radical and transformative form of expression, but work that takes time, labour and resources. Therefore, we will be paying all artists that contribute. In addition to the creative projects, of which there will be approximately ten in total, The Rest of Us 2021 will be hosting speakers aimed to inspire and inform; creating written content such as research articles and blog posts; and finally hosting a podcast that will verbally articulate experiences and opinions of the current student body and staff. Our goal is to explore how students and staff navigate the space around them. Through creativity, discussion and the exchange of ideas, we hope to share the experience of people of colour at the University in an honest, inclusive and transformative way. Please keep an eye out soon for our upcoming content. To learn more about our project, either watch our video below or click on one of the following links: Project Website - Instagram - Twitter - Email

To learn more about these projects, or if you have any questions about future funding opportunities, please email us at