October is Black History Month (BHM) - an annual event in the UK that celebrates black history, arts, and culture.

BHM 2020 at Imperial

This year Black History Month in the College built on the recent success of Imperial As One's Belonging interview series, the BME Early Career Research conference in September, and the Shifting the Lens series from the 2019 IMPACT project group. 

We recognise that 2020 has been a year for activism and has highlighted the need for BAME and especially Black voices to be heard. Every individual at Imperial should feel safe and comfortable to bring their whole self to their place of work or study. 

Thank you to all of those who took part in Black History Month.

Less Talk, More Action: Black History Month 2020

Hear from Black members of Imperial's community on their experiences, why BHM is important, and what changes we need to make as an institution



Previous years

Imperial as One, our BAME staff network, have organised events and talks for the Month, for example inviting the Anthony Nolan blood cancer and disorders charity to campus, and hosting a talk celebrating black scientists and inventors from Black History Walks.

In 2018 Imperial celebrated with a digital exhibition that took over the screens across campuses. We showcased black staff, students and alumni, and recognised the inspiring work of renowned black scientists past and present. You can still explore the online Black History Month profiles.

Chi Onwurah,MP, reflects on her own experiences of studying and working in STEM and what universities need to do.

The importance of diversity in STEMM

As part of Black History Month 2018, Imperial invited Chi Onwurah MP, chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Diversity and Inclusion in STEM. 

Chi reflects on her own experiences of studying and working in STEM and what universities need to do. She also talks about the importance of diversity as an economic imperative and focuses on the need for systematic change.