Higher Education Anti-Racism Training (HEART)

HEART is a collaborative venture between The Institute of Teaching and Learning at the University of Manchester and Group Analysis North (GAN).  It is an experiential training based on group analytic principles; supporting staff to have meaningful conversations about race and racism and move on to address these issues constructively in their own work.

The aim of HEART is to contribute to a culture where inter-cultural dynamics and power differentials can be discussed in thoughtful and brave ways. The stability of the group analytic frame has offered the opportunity for challenging but creative work within and between the people who have signed up to be part of the first cohort (2021-2022). 

The project has 23 participants who are staff members (academic and administrative) in positions of strategic influence, taken from across the three faculties (i.e. Biology, Medicine and Health; Science and Engineering; and Humanities).

The HEART programme started in Oct 2021 and takes place on a monthly basis, alternating between a half-day (seminar, median group, large group) and a median group only.

HEART is due to finish in July 2022. Participant learning and development will be evaluated and a report will be disseminated to stakeholders. 

The HEART team are currently negotiating with the University for continued funding for the project to continue into next year.

Dr Adam Danquah (Senior Lecturer I Academic Director ClinPsyD I Associate Dean for Inclusive Education and Engagement)

Shireen Gaur (Group Analyst and Clinical Psychologist)

Erin Wilshaw (Project Manager)