Broaden my Bookshelf: working with the University of Huddersfield SU to tackle the attainment gap – Alison Sharman (University of Huddersfield)

Broaden my Bookshelf is a collaboration between the University of Huddersfield Library, the SU and our BAME Ambassadors which we launched in October 2018 to increase the number of books in the library by authors from a BAME background. We asked students and staff to suggest books for purchase by the library and promised to buy all suggestions which were still in print. During the launch week, which coincided with Black History Month, we hosted a range of events including readings, sessions for lecturers on broadening their reading lists, a keynote speech and Q&A panel. We were allocated a budget of £20,000 for this project which is still ongoing. In March 2019 we developed it further by including books by LGBT+ authors or about LGBT+ issues. To date we have ordered 244 books under the Broaden my Bookshelf initiative and we hope that this number will continue to rise. We are about to launch a fresh programme of events for the 2019-20 academic year, starting with a “roadshow” around campus with the BAME Ambassadors in October where we hope togather some qualitative data to support the project.

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