Inaugural Lecture Series – Professor Arvinder Kaur Lander

5th Mar 2015, 5:30pm - 8:30pm

Faculty of Education

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Multiculturalism, education and the lives of children, young people and teachers

Debates about assimilation, integration and multiculturalism have raged and shaped our nation’s response to the presence of people from minority ethnic groups in Britain.

In particular, the educational response has been marked by numerous policy shifts. As Britain has evolved into a multi-ethnic society, educational debates about preparing to teach and live in an ethnically diverse society have stalled as policy imperatives have changed. This has left many teachers, educators and young people unclear about the language to use to talk about ethnic diversity as they are hindered by the constructs of political-correctness or colour-blindness.

Professor Lander’s inaugural lecture will draw on research to trace the journey of multicultural Britain through the narratives of minoritized children, teachers and teacher-educators who have adopted, adapted and integrated to shape their belonging in Britain.

Professor Lander joined Edge Hill University in June 2014 as Head of Research in the Faculty of Education. She was Deputy Director of Multiverse, a Training and Development Agency (TDA) resource network which had significant impact on teacher education provision with respect to equality and diversity.

She has an international research profile and was given the British Educational Research Association (BERA) Meeting of Minds award for emerging researchers. She has presented her research at a number of international conferences, is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and was awarded a HEA National Teaching Fellowship in 2014.


  • Arrival and Registration – 5:30pm
  • Lecture followed by Q&A – 6:00pm
  • Refreshments and networking – 7:15pm