Uncovering Histories: Black British History Project

Development Ambassador, Glory Oluwaseun, shares a reflection on Uncovering Histories: Black British History Project and the winning entries from Chatham Grammar School

My name is Glory, and I have created and led the Uncovering Histories: Black British History programme. This was the accumulation of my three years at Kent, combining my Liberal Arts degree and my jobs as a student ambassador for Outreach and Widening Participation and research assistant for Student Success. The project was a collaborative 5-week project with academics from universities, teaching year 10 students at Chatham Grammar School about different points of Black British history.

While I have been a student ambassador since my first year, I started to get the idea for this project in my second year while working on the Mentoring and University Insights project for Black students. This project was specifically designed for Black sixth form students to give them support and an insight into univerity life. This was a great project, and I really loved being a part of it. It got me thinking about what else could be done. As a student, I had never been taught about Black British history, this is a structural issue within the education system, and I felt that was the missing link that all students could benefit from. So I got to brainstorming, I had meetings with Shauna-Aine O’Brien (Student Support and Development Officer) and Alex Martin-Carey (Curriculum Development Manager), and we started planning. I had big ideas, and Alex and Shauna taught me the logistics and everything I would have to do; they really let me lead this and supported me, making sure I never took too much on. This role required me to become a development ambassador and an outreach tutor to lead the sessions.

I wrote a proposal in June 2021 to Chatham Grammar School (where I went to sixth form). The school accepted the proposal, with one main change being where it would be timetabled. This meant a few logistical revisions, but I was happy to make the changes. Now that the project was accepted, it was time to get the academics. I emailed all the academics I had researched, and they either showed interest or recommended someone else. This was a really big milestone. Around November, we started to have meetings with the academics giving them the brief and what it would include, and they accepted. During the time the academics were planning their session, I had to create the lesson plans for the session, and Shauna helped to secure ambassadors to support. The project started on January 11th with two 30-minute sessions a week and ended on February 9th. Below you will find the structure for the project.

Date  Topic  Lead 
Tuesday 11 January  Ancient Africa Karl Goodwin
Wednesday 12 January   Asking Questions Ambassador Led
Tuesday 18 January   Diversifying your Learning Dr Barbara Adewumi
Wednesday 19 January  Colonialism Dr Aparajita Mukhopadhyay
Tuesday 25 January  Visibility of Black figures in Kent Dr Ben Marsh
Wednesday 26 January  Archival Research Skills Ambassador Led
Tuesday 01 February  Redefining African Identity Dr Mark Ledwidge
Wednesday 02 February  Black Lives Matter Dr Alex Hensby
Tuesday 08 February  Identity and Research Rachel Gefferie
Wednesday 09 February  Creating curriculum proposals Ambassador Led


The project ended with students creating their own curriculum proposals and taking ownership of their learning. Many students participated in the proposals, working in groups and individuals to create the project. Shauna and I had a meeting to go through all the entries and picked 3 winners, giving them prizes; below are their entries.

First Place: Naomi

Naomi’s Curriculum Proposal

Second Place: Ayomide, Imisi and Cristabel


Third Place: Comfort, Naomi, Pelumi, Sophia, Jazzlyne, Maddie, and Ollie

Thank you

This project is everything to me and was my most outstanding achievement during my time at Kent. However, I could not have achieved it by myself. I want to thank Shauna and Alex, they supported me from the seed of the idea to the execution. They gave me the opportunity to really shine, and I am genuinely grateful for that. I also want to thank all the academics that were a part of the project. Thank you for planning and delivering your sessions and being ready and able to share your knowledge. Thank you to all the ambassadors who supported and led with me, especially Emma. Last but not least, thank you to the students for being ready to learn and participate. Thank you for sharing your ideas. It truly was inspiring.

Next Steps

This was a pilot program, and my hope is that it will not be the end. Our evaluation team has gone into the school, and by going through the responses, I know that we will have the resources necessary to expand and sustain the project. This is just the beginning.