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Black History Month

We are keen to promote a positive peer-learning environment where staff and students can develop together and learn from one another.

In meeting our Diversity, Inclusion, Cohesion and Equality (DICE) commitments, we see Black History Month as the perfect opportunity to create a series of events and space that will better enable our community of students and staff to discuss and address important issues such as Racism and Curriculum Diversification.

All students and staff are encouraged to attend this year’s Black History Month activities, beginning with social commentator and Windrush campaigner Dr Patrick Vernon OBE and his talk 'The Making of 100 Great Black Britons'.

You can register for Patrick's talk, and view the full range of events curated by Oli Young, Senior Lecturer as the University of Exeter Business School, by visitng the BHM and DICE event tabs on this page.

The University of Exeter Business School is proud to support Black History Month. But our commitment to diversity, inclusion, cohesion and equality should last a lot longer than four weeks each year and we aim for it to go deep into the heart of our DICE activity.

Keep up to date with events and join the conversation on social media using #DICEforaBetterWorld.


As part of our commitment to our core ‘DICE’ values we promote Black Lives Matter as a human rights and societal issue. We are demonstrating our commitment through our Black History Month activities for the shared, peer learning and development of our student and wider communities.

The entrepreneurship hackathon challenge comprises of a series of workshop sessions, panel discussions and support from mentors to enable student teams to develop creative solutions to societal challenges. Below is an overview of events, full details will be revealed at the first session on Monday 12 October. Please register here to enable team formation to be created prior to the hackathon starting.

Opportunity and Privilege

Voices are being heard and causes being acknowledged, but still action and solutions are few in the issues of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, many feel frustrated and angry at what feels like a lack of progress. This year, the Black History Month Entrepreneurship Challenge at Exeter University, seeks to bring an entrepreneurial focus to finding viable and actionable ideas, projects and solutions. Through the practical application of entrepreneurial mindsets and the development of entrepreneurial action, the Entrepreneurship Challenge brings together students, experts and staff to collaborate with a shared vision for meaningful positive impact.

There are several tired and unhelpful legacy ideas about what entrepreneurship looks like in the public consciousness, but for many people around the world, they don’t recognise themselves in the mainstream image of entrepreneurship. Visions of wealthy investors, Fintech, unicorn start-ups and multimillion-pound profits are very far removed from the reality of the huge majority of entrepreneurs around the world, many of whom are entrepreneurs out of necessity. The broader and much more accurate picture of entrepreneurship is simply the ability to turn ideas into actions that generate value for others. The projects and ventures that result from entrepreneurial mindsets account for a large percentage of the world’s income and very few view themselves as entrepreneurial. The Black History Month Entrepreneurship Challenge aims to apply these same mindsets and skills to generate ideas that bring about real change for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion issues.

Session One - Mon 12 October, 16:00-18:00

The first session is to welcome participants to the Diversity, Inclusion, Cohesive, and Equality (DICE) Entrepreneurship Challenge and open dialogue around the nine protected characteristics of diversity (age; disability; gender reassignment; marriage and civil partnership; pregnancy and maternity; race; religion or belief; sex; sexual orientation). This workshop will centre around informal conversations and enable participants to meet accountable partners and other participants to form diverse and cohesive teams to work on the challenge. In preparation for the workshop please watch the following videos and be prepared to put your creativity to work!

Session Two - Tues 13 October, 16:00-18:00

The first half of the second session will see Prof Julian Jamison discuss what he has learned about supporting entrepreneurship in challenging environments and within vulnerable or marginalized populations, especially with respect to non-financial obstacles and potential methods to overcome them. There will be plenty of time for questions and for joint discussion. This will followed by a panel discussion looking at the challenges faced by the black community in the Southwest, specifically in the Cornwall. Focusing on entrepreneurs but also members of the community seeking employment etc.

Session Three - Weds 14 October, 16:00-18:00

The leading edge panel event on Wednesday will officially launch the Hack and this will give your team the opportunity to meet your mentor to work with during the next week to develop your manifesto and your output to address the specific issues faced by the BAME communities in the Southwest.

Please click on each event to view the full details and register. Registering is essential as there are limited spaces.

7 October 2020 16:00

Lego® Serious Play® - Serious Issues: Race, inequality, diversity & inclusion

Full details
9 October 2020 16:00

Who cares for the Carers? Experience of Bullying and Harassment in the NHS

Full details
12 October 2020 16:00

The Entrepreneurship Hackathon Challenge

Full details More details in the 'Hackathon' tab of this page.
19 October 2020 16:00

Decolonising the curriculum

Full details

In 2002, the BBC launched a campaign and television series called 100 Greatest Britons. At the time, the poll was criticised for lacking in diversity, as out of 100 nominees only 13 were women while none were Black (of African descent).

In response, the social commentator and cultural historian Patrick Vernon OBE launched an alternative campaign to raise the profile of the Black contribution to Britain. 100 Great Black Britons has been described as a landmark moment and one of the most successful movements to focus on the role of people of African and Caribbean descent in British history.

The original 100 Great Black Britons campaign was designed to ensure the continued legacy and recognition of the achievements of Black people in Britain. In 2019, Patrick launched a new campaign, with an updated list and new book published in September 2020.

To mark Black History Month and celebrate the remarkable achievements of key Black British individuals over many centuries, we are asking students to write a profile of a great Black Briton of their choice.

The Competition

We’re looking for 1,000 words of original writing, informed by research from reputable sources and referenced appropriately using APA version 7.

You can choose any great Black Briton as the focus of your piece and this writing competition is open to all University of Exeter students and staff, entries should be emailed to using ‘BHM writing competition’ as the subject line.

Winners will be chosen by our panel of judges and each winner will receive a copy of Patrick Vernon and Dr Angelina Osborne's new book, 100 Great Black Britons. The overall winner will also win a £30 book voucher to spend at Waterstones.

Closing date Friday 23 October, winners will be announced the following week with prizes sent shortly after.

For any questions regarding the competition please contact Oli Young via


We will be posting suggestions of Great Black Britons to choose from throughout October which we hope you will find inspiring, we look forward to receiving your entries!
Mary Seacole topped the 2004 list of 100 Great Black BritonsShe was a British-Jamaican nurse and heroine of the Crimean War, who as a woman of mixed race overcame a double prejudice. 

Baroness Floella Benjain OBE, Chancellor of the University of Exeter, was born on the Caribbean island of Trinidad and came to Britain in 1960 as part of the Windrush generation. In 1995 Floella Benjamin wrote ‘Coming to England’, based on her Windrush story, describing what it’s like to come as a child from a different culture to a new country and tackle change and adversity. ‘Coming to England’ has also been adapted and is to be released October 8th as a children’s book, helping children to understand British History. 

Benjamin Zephaniah was born and raised in Birmingham, England and is a British writer, dub poet and Rastafarian. His poetry is strongly influenced by the music and poetry of Jamaica and what he calls ‘street politics’ and he was included in The Times list of Britain's top 50 post-war writers in 2008.

Lewis Hamilton MBE is a six-time Formula One World Champion and widely regarded as one of the greatest drivers in the history of the sport.

Doreen Lawrence is the founder and life president of the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust, in honour of her teenage son who was murdered in a racist attack in South East London in 1993.

Joseph Junior Adenugaknown professionally as Skepta, is a British MC, rapper, songwriter and record producer from North London. Skepta has been nominated for three Brit Awards, including the British Male Solo Artist award in 2017. 

Vanessa Kingori, MBE was born in Kenya before moving permanently to London to complete her education. In September 2017, she was appointed Publishing Director of British Vogue. This makes Kingori the first person of colour and first female publisher of the company's flagship brand in its over 100-year history. 

Patricia Scotland QC is the sixth Secretary-General of the Commonwealth of Nations and the first woman, nominated by her home country of Dominica. 

Baroness Oona King is VP of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at Snap Inc. She was previously Director of Diversity Strategy at Google, Youtube's Director of Diverse Marketing and before that Chief Diversity Officer for British Broadcaster Channel 4. In 1997 Oona became an MP at 29, the second woman of colour elected to the British Parliament. As Shadow Minister for Equalities, in 2016 Oona introduced the amendment to Parliament that requires all companies in the UK with over 250 employees to publish their gender pay gap. Oona's law has had far-reaching consequences in the UK, Silicon Valley, and beyond. 

Zadie Smith FRSL is an English novelist, tenured professor in the Creative Writing faculty of New York University and writer of best-seller White Teeth.

Daley Thompson CBE is an English former decathlete. Considered by many to be one of the greatest decathletes of all time, with four world records, two Olympic gold medals & three Commonwealth titles.


  • Entries must include the entrant’s name, email address and telephone number.
  • By submitting the entry, participants warrant that the entries submitted are the participants’ original work.
  • By submitting an entry, the participant confirms their agreement to the University's use of their work for any non-commercial purpose including, but not limited to, broadcasting via the internet e.g. on the Business School webpages or social media posts. The participant's name will be posted alongside their work, participants should express explicitly when entering for their work to be publicised anonymously if they do not want their name to be published.
  • The exclusion of any copyright violations in entries submitted for the competition is entirely the responsibility of the participant. If the University reasonably believes that any entry may create liability for the University, it may remove such an entry from any websites displaying the entry as it believes in its sole discretion is prudent or necessary to minimise or eliminate its potential liability. The University has no obligation to include all or any part of the entries on any website.
  • Only one entry will be accepted per person.
  • Entries will be shortlisted and if successfully shortlisted, judged, in the format in which they are submitted.
  • Prizes are to be announced shortly and will be decided at the judges’ discretion. The judges’ decision is final.