Research opportunities and initiatives


Why work at the SLRC?

At the SLRC you can collaborate with existing areas of research strength at DMU. This could include work on the relationships between racism and its intersections, alongside processes of racialisation and social (in)justice in health disparities; understanding and imagining the built environment; science and technological development; performance studies; media discourse; and the politics of austerity.

Black Lives Matter Leicester; Fully Funded PhD Studentship

The global movement for Black Lives Matter (#BLM) continues to demand justice against systemic racism, incidents of police brutality and anti-black racialised violence. #BLM is also tied to broader questions that address the experiences of Black children and discrimination in schooling in the UK, inequalities in educational outcomes and the predominance of a white curriculum dominated by Eurocentric perspectives. As calls for change gather momentum, this PhD study will focus on what these critical questions mean for a city such as Leicester where over half of the population are from racially and ethnically minoritized communities.

The Stephen Lawrence Research Centre is currently engaged with a consortium of local schools to plan activities that can help to rethink  and enhance current teaching practices to help make the curriculum and the learning experience more inclusive, via our Teaching to Transform programme. We are recruiting a PhD researcher to develop a project that explores community-based, publicly engaged approaches to critical debates concerned with Black Lives Matter and education in Leicester. The study could consider a range of research methods including interviews and focus groups that engage local educators, parents and young people in Leicester. Ultimately, the project will seek to affect change in policy and practice in areas that perpetuate ongoing disparities and inequalities in education in Leicester and beyond.  

This project is part of larger collaboration between the Stephen Lawrence Research Centre and Leicester City Council.  It includes funding for the selected researcher that will cover tuition fees and a stipend. 

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Legacy in Action Fellows Programme

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Textures of Blackness in the Midlands

We’re working within local communities and collaboratively with Serendipity, a Leicester-based cultural arts organisation and the African Caribbean Centre to develop a wider archival terrain for understanding Black life in the Midlands.

In a post-Brexit landscape, and in a particular moment when our understanding of Black British history lends much to deciphering current debates about the status of the so-called ‘Windrush’ generation and the history of racialisation that has accompanied the creation of citizenship and immigration policies, this project aims to unearth, explore and think innovatively about the co-production of archives designed to map, reflect and (re)present histories of Black cultural and political life throughout the area. 

Working with schools

The Stephen Lawrence Research Centre (SLRC) has an exciting programme of activity planned this year, including working even more closely with local schools to partner on a number of initiatives that could help to enhance current teaching and encourage positive conversations around race, inclusion and social justice. 

A quick look at some of the engagement opportunities we currently offer to schools:

Classroom takeovers or assemblies 

School visits where the SLRC would deliver an assembly or classroom session to give students the opportunity to explore a number of avenues around race, identity, citizenship and relationships. Visits can be scheduled at suitable times throughout the academic year. 

Stephen Lawrence Day at DMU experience 

A day-long programme to commemorate the annual National Stephen Lawrence Day (22 April), themed “Live Your Best Lives” that will give students an opportunity to learn more about Stephen Lawrence’s story, interact with some of the materials from the Stephen Lawrence Archive and think creatively about how Stephen’s story inspires them to become agents of social change. 

Bespoke school visits to the centre 

We gladly welcome class visits from schools to the centre, to visit the exhibition space and to learn about the work that we do to continue Stephen’s powerful legacy. We’d work collaboratively with the lead teacher to plan an appropriate hour-long session that fits into their teaching agenda and curriculum. 

Local Educators Listening Sessions 

We readily engage with a consortium of local schools to plan activities that can help to transform and enhance current teaching practices to help make the curriculum more inclusive, via our Teaching to Transform programme. These schools are doing some fantastic work around race and social justice issues including creating Stephen Lawrence Ambassadors and Stephen Lawrence Awards programmes, forming Stephen Lawrence Day Committees, creating academy-wide lesson plans and fun charity days, for example. 

To find out more about how your school can get involved in these opportunities contact us at:

Teaching to Transform

Building Anti-Racist Learning Communities in Leicester through Teacher Education


In our commitment to advancing the legacy of the Stephen Lawrence case and using research as tool of social advocacy, justice and transformation, we’re developing the Teaching to Transform programme that will take up elements of the unfinished agenda of the Macpherson Report’s recommendation to combat the “failure of the National Curriculum to reflect adequately the needs of a diverse, multi-cultural and multi-ethnic society (Macpherson, 1999).”

We aim to work collaboratively with academics, subject specialists, headteachers, local authorities, community members, and students to create an innovative and sustainable model for enhancing not only what is taught, but perhaps more importantly, the environment in which certain types of learning is made possible. Keep in touch to find out more as plans for the project progress.

Fully funded PhD Scholarships

Are you interested in doing a PhD at the SLRC? 

We are looking for exciting research projects in the histories and cultures of Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities in the UK; the concept and practice of institutional racism; denials of justice; and the social psychology of racial violence.

De Montfort University is currently offering a number of fully funded PhD Scholarships. Contact us to talk about potential topics.

For more information and to apply, visit our PhD scholarships page. 

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