Organisational Development

Understanding Black British History

The University is delighted to offer all staff the opportunity to complete an online programme designed to tackle racism within Higher Education.

Union Black antiracism programme now available for staff and students


Following a pilot earlier in 2022, we are pleased to offer staff and students a further opportunity to enrol in Union Black: Britain's Black cultures and steps to anti-racism, an online antiracism learning programme developed by Santander in partnership with the Open University.


Union Black explores antiracism through aspects of Black British history, culture and experience, examining some of the stereotypes and myths that exist today. The course also opens a broader conversation around structural racism, labels and identities, and offering learners from all backgrounds useful tools to contribute to the antiracism agenda and make positive change happen.


Union Black supports our focus on inclusion and antiracism in our community, and follows on from the work we are doing towards our Race Equality Charter and Antiracist Sussex Pledge. We have made a commitment to improve racial literacy and competencies across our staff and student communities and will consider further EDI training (including foregrounding other marginalised identities and communities), where required, in due course.


Available to staff and students until May 2024 via the Santander Scholarship Platform, learners have the option of a one-hour introductory version of the course entitled ‘Introducing Union Black’ as well as the full six-hour course.


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Data Protection

What data is collected and how we use it
When applying to the Santander Union Black programme, applicants will be asked to provide their consent to sharing their personal details with Santander UK plc, The Open University, FutureLearn and University of Sussex. This will be in line with the Santander Terms & Conditions and data protection statement.