Taking Action on Decolonising the Psychology Curriculum: Promoting Inclusivity and Diversity in Higher Education

22 November 20239:30am - 4:00pmLondon
  • Equality, diversity and inclusion
From £10 - £60
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Division of Academics, Researchers and Teachers in Psychology


This workshop aims to explore and discuss strategies for decolonising the psychology curriculum and the student experience. This event is dedicated to exploring the crucial topic of taking action on decolonising the "what" we teach and "how" we teach. We aim to provide a platform for academics, educators, students, and researchers to discuss this critical issue.

This event aims to examine and challenge traditional teaching and learning practices, which are influenced by colonial legacies, and explore innovative approaches that promote diversity, equity, and social justice in psychology higher education. At the end of the session, participants will:

  • Gain knowledge, tools, and practical techniques to challenge and transform traditional narratives within the field of psychology.
  • Understand the importance of creating brave spaces for open dialogue through active and thoughtful listening to others to help make practical steps to decolonise what we teach and how we teach.
  • How to co-produce research about decolonising psychology with students 
  • How we can co-produce resources with students to decolonise our pedagogies and curriculum. 
  • Develop an action plan for implementing decolonial strategies in their teaching contexts.

We invite all those who are passionate about this important issue to join us in this exciting and challenging intellectual journey. We anticipate that participants will leave with ideas for how to adapt their own practice to the needs of their specific student population.

Through keynote speakers and interactive workshops, we will delve into critical questions in the sessions below.

Joint Keynote Session 1: Understanding the Roots of Colonisation in Psychology and What it means today (45 minutes + 15 mins Q&A): Dr Jagjeet Jutley-Neilson and Dr Patrick Hylton will provide an overview of the history of colonisation and its impact on psychology today. Jagjeet and Patrick will then be "in conversation" as academic staff of colour on their experiences, perspectives and hopes for decolonising the psychology curriculum and pedagogies. 

Interactive workshop Activity 1 (45 mins): We will discuss specific examples of how colonial thinking has influenced psychology and how we talk thoughtfully and insightfully about these examples within the classroom. We will then co-create a curriculum map identifying areas within the existing curriculum that perpetuate colonial narratives or exclude diverse voices. We will develop lesson plans or course materials that integrate diverse perspectives and challenge traditional assumptions. Finally, we will discuss potential challenges and solutions in the examples generated. 

Joint Keynote Session 2: Critiquing Traditional Psychological Frameworks (45 minutes + 15 mins Q&A)

Dr Jagjeet Jutley Neilson will outline key findings of a project on decolonising the psychology curricula and the student experience at the University of Warwick, notably how the research teams collaborated with academic staff and students of colour to create a survey and interview schedule. Dr Jagjeet Jutley-Neilson will also introduce an online decolonising curriculum and pedagogies toolkit, which was also co-produced with students.

Dr Patrick Hylton will offer specific activities that people could try in order to start the decolonising process.  When we think of decolonisation, we should think of it as a verb that can affirm people's being. It is a word whose action can create equity and extend our understand of the varieties of psychologies that exist, existed, or could exist. Therefore, to decolonise is to engage with material in a way that locates and makes transparent the positional, ontological, epistemological, and historical rootedness of the knowledge we disseminate. 

Interactive workshop Activity 2 (45 mins): We will discuss practical steps for implementing decolonisation in psychology education. Create actionable steps for participants to promote decolonisation in their educational contexts.

Note. It is crucial to recognise the significance of decolonising the psychology curriculum. Ongoing and requires sustained effort. We want to encourage participants to continue engaging with the topic, learning from diverse perspectives, and collaborating with others to effect meaningful change.

This workshop has been organised and subsidised by Division of Academics, Researchers and Teachers in Psychology (DARTP)


Registration is will close at 17:00 GMT Tuesday 7th November 2023.

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Arrival and registration, networking, and coffee available


Welcome and introduction from the DART-P chair and facilitator


Joint Keynote 1 (45 min talk + 15 questions)


Comfort break


Interactive Workshop Activity 1


Buffet lunch (provided), Networking, and DART-P AGM


Joint Keynote 2 (45 min talk + 15 questions)


Comfort break


Interactive Workshop Activity 2



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Dr Jagjeet Jutley-Neilson
 Dr Jutley-Neilson

I am an Associate Professor and the Director of Student Experience and Progression (DSEP) for Psychology. I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA) and a national convenor for the specialist interest group "engaging assessment" for RAISE.

I also research the learning experiences of Black Asian Minority Ethnic students (BAME) learning and student experience. I deliver the anti-racism staff development programme "Tackling Racial Inequality at Warwick (TRIW)" at the University of Warwick. I have also led funded research which explores student's perspectives on decolonising psychology and students of colour experience of studying psychology in the U.K,  the co-production of a decolonising psychology toolkit, creation of paid EDI roles for psychology students,

I am also a fellow of the Warwick Institute Higher Education Academy, where I lead the specialist interest group "Neurodiversity and the Student Experience and 'Inclusive Policy and Practice for Disabled Students'. I have developed a neurodiversity pedagogical tool kit and led the design of a "code of practice to support disabled students" for the University of Warwick. I co-lead the project "Understanding Disability in UK HE: A Student-Centred Approach", which aims to create a short flexible, open-access disability learning programme for students and staff at the universities of Warwick, KCL, and York. I am also researching neurodivergent undergraduate students' experiences of HE and neurodivergent PhD students' experiences of support services and supervisory relationships.

Dr Patrick Hylton
Dr Patrick Hylton

I am an Associate Professor at the University of Lincoln and teaches in the area of Critical Psychology. I joined the University of Lincoln in Sept 1999, having previously lectured at the University of Greenwich, the University of Northampton and Nottingham Trent University. At Lincoln, I am Module co-ordinator: Conceptual Psychology and Organisational Psychology. I also lecture on the Social Psychology Module, Investigating the Individual, Themes, Issues and Debate and Current Research Issues in Psychology. I contribute to Research Skills 2, and supervise research projects for third year students. Other responsibilities include; Programme Leader for BSc Psychology with Criminal Psychology Member of the Ethic Committee Member of the School of Psychology Research Committee

I completed my Ph.D. thesis on the topic and Black (African-Caribbean) British men identity. I have been doing work with the BPS and various A-level exam boards on issues related to decolonisation, diversity, and inclusion, and is a member of the QAA Psychology Subject Benchmark Statement Advisory Group.

Workshop Organiser & Chair: DART- P Vice Chair Teaching - Dr Emma McDonald

Dr Emma McDonald is a Chartered Psychologist with a passion for Psychology and Education. Emma is a Senior Lecturer at Cardiff Metropolitan University in the Cardiff School of Education and Social Policy. Emma's teaching focus is on MSc Psychology in Education and BA (Hons) Education, Psychology and Special Educational Needs. Emma is a module leader for a number of psychology Modules. In addition, Emma is an external examiner for Oxford Brookes University and the University of Buckingham. Emma also serves on the BPS Undergraduate Education Committee and QAA Psychology Benchmark Advisory Group.

Welcome by: DART-P Chair - Dr Patrick Rosenkranz

Dr Patrick Rosenkranz (CPsychol, AFBPsS, SFHEA) is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Newcastle University, specializing in teaching. He has served on the DART-P committee since 2018 and has been chair of DART-P since 2022. Patrick also has been a member of the Undergraduate Education Committee of the BPS since 2018.

With over 20 years of experience as an educator, Patrick has taught at various educational levels, from pre-tertiary to tertiary. Throughout his career, he has primarily focused on higher education, gaining expertise in programme leadership, curriculum and assessment design, peer-mentoring, entrepreneurial learning, employability, and student mental health support.

His current pedagogical focus is on integrating reflective practice into teaching to enhance and cultivate the psychological literacy and cultural competence of his students.

Patrick strongly believes in research-led teaching: His own research interests heavily influence his modules, particularly exploring psychological perspectives on spirituality, religion, and mythology. Since 2008, he has been teaching a module dedicated to the Psychology of Religion.


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