LiberatEd

 

LiberatEd is an initiative created by Edinburgh University Students' Association and led by Black and Minority Ethnic (BME), Disabled, LGBT+ and Women students from across the University, aimed at challenging the academic establishment to become more diverse, more inclusive, and more critical of historically dominant narratives.

 

In practice this means:

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  • Diversifying existing Eurocentric and male-dominated reading lists to include academics and texts from underrepresented backgrounds.
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  • Mainstreaming intersectional and critical perspectives throughout curricula and at all levels of study, including at Pre-Honours.
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  • Hiring more BME, Disabled, LGBT+ and Women academics, and providing both academics and students from underrepresented groups with opportunities for career development and progression.
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  • Ensuring that teaching and assessment methods are inclusive, for example, by empowering students from underrepresented groups to make their voices heard in lectures, tutorials and labs.
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  • Equipping all teaching staff with the knowledge, skills and confidence to challenge problematic behaviour, including racist, sexist, ableist, homophobic and transphobic microaggressions.

 

You can get involved by:?

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  • Talking to your class and elected reps about subjects or perpsectives which are missing from your courses and asking them to pass this information on to staff.  Alternatively, you could include suggestions for reading at a Staff-Student Liaision Committee, or in your mid-semester feedback.
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  • Requesting texts from marginalised authors and academics be added to the Library's collection using the Request a Book form on the University's website.
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  • Arranging a LiberatEd workshop in your School to gather feedback on subject-specific issues relating to liberating the curriculum. Students have already run LiberatEd workshops in the Schools of Literatures, Languages and Cultures; History, Classics and Archaeology; Social and Political Science; and Philosophy, Psychology and Language Science.
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          Joining the LiberatEd Facebook Group.

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  • Organising an event focusing on the experiences of a specific marginalised group in Higher Education.

If you would like to know more about the campaign or want to get more involved, please contact liberatedcurriculum@gmail.com or the Students' Association by emailing sarah.moffat@eusa.ed.ac.uk.