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School of Business and Management

Borderlines: ‘Let’s Talk about Race- Using shared reading and discussion to promote cultural competency and cultural diversity’

8 May 2019

Time: 1:00 - 3:00pm
Venue: David Sizer Lecture Theatre, The Bancroft Building, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Road, London E1 4NS

This event is suitable to anyone interested in engagement, retention and diversity work/research.

Light refreshments will be provided.


Last date for registering to attend the talk and workshop: 7 May 2019

About Borderlines


The Kingston University Reading Group was created in 2016 as a means of facilitating discussion on culture and identity to promote race equality and enhancing the University’s work to embed EDI at the heart of our institution. The aim of our initiative is to improve support and retention for students across the community as part of an accessible and inclusive curriculum. It also encourages professional development by enhancing academic and professional staff’s communication skills in race, equality and inclusivity. This workshop will demonstrate how academic reading groups on campuses in the UK offer a new way of engaging university staff and students, as well as community stakeholders, and assisting lecturers to use multiple culturally sensitive techniques when teaching and assessing student learning.

The workshop will be interactive and there will be an opportunity to take part in a simulated reading group session, and for practical interactive discussions. These participation strategies will demonstrate how shared reading can reach across social and cultural boundaries and generate focussed exchanges around equality, diversity and inclusion. Attendees will also leave with a practical toolkit to establish reading groups in their home institutions and devise associated activities to enhance professional development skills.


Dr Karen Lipsedge is an Associate Professor in English Literature at Kingston University, and her research focuses on eighteenth-century domestic space, interiors, the relationship between objects and people, and the novel.

Karen is also part of the Directorate for Student Achievement team at KU, where she works as a Senior Adviser for Teaching and Learning. Her portfolio includes, leading the Writing and Oral Skills (WOS) Project and the KU Reading Group. She is also KU’s Chair of Race Equality Charter SAT and acts as an informal critical friend for several UK HEIs; giving advice and support with race equality work. If you would like to find out more about Karen’s work and how she can work with you and your colleagues, please do not hesitate to contact her on   

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