Universities must 'decolonise' the curriculum to boost black students' grades, vice-Chancellors say

Universities must “decolonise” the curriculum in order to help black students close the attainment gap with their white peers, vice-Chancellors say.
Campuses need to become “racially diverse and inclusive environments” if black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) are to succeed academically, according to a new report.
Universities UK (UUK), which represents vice-Chancellors, commissioned a review into how institutions can ensure more BAME students graduate with top degrees.
Institutions should consult with students and “evaluate where it might be necessary” to review courses and assessments to ensure that they are not overly white and euro-centric, UUK said.
The report’s recommendation comes amid growing calls to “decolonise” the curriculum, as students urge their professors to examine whether courses are too dominated by white, male, Euro-centric perspectives.

Charles Darwin's theory of natural selection 'justified white male superiority'
A Sheffield University guide says 'whiteness and Eurocentrism of our science' must be dismantled

Charles Darwin is among "highly celebrated scientific figures" who "held racist views" because he used his theory of natural selection to justify white male superiority, according to a new university’s handbook for teaching and research.
The renowned naturalist is on a list of 11 feted scientists whose views "influenced the type of research they carried out and how they interpreted their data", according to Sheffield University’s guide drawn up to decolonise the biology curriculum.
This is despite Darwin’s fervent support for the abolition of slavery, which he called a “sacred cause”, unlike many of his contemporaries. He said of slavery that “it makes one’s blood boil”.
The handbook, seen by The Telegraph, tells students and lecturers that he must be historically caveated when lecturers teach his seminal theory of evolution.
Historians told The Telegraph that Sheffield’s guidelines were “unhistorical and misleading” and "authoritarian".
The Russell Group university has also told science students and lecturers in the guidance to drop the terms "founding father", "idols" and "geniuses" to avoid “hero worshipping” scientific figures.