Britain used to have a lot of ‘colonies’ - other countries under its
control. Britain was in charge of them during different periods in
For example, in the 17th and 18th centuries, Britain ruled over parts
of North America, and in the 19th century most of India and large
parts of Africa were British colonies. At its peak, the British Empire
was the largest and most influential empire in the world.
However, many feel that parts of Britain’s colonial history are being
left out and not taught. For example, the role Britain played in
taking people as slaves from Africa to the Americas.
Decolonisation of the curriculum’, means we should question whose
viewpoint the information is coming from.
The Black Lives Matter movement has turned up the pressure on all
areas of UK society to confront its colonial legacy.
Within universities more and more students are asking for decolonised
curriculums and more thinkers of colour on reading lists.
Decolonising movements maintain the perception that UK universities
must destabilise existing management structures.