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Dr Jason Arday

Associate Professor

BA Hons, PGCE, MA, MEd, PGCertTLHE, PGDip, PhD, fHEA

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Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology  
Deputy Executive Dean, People and Culture (job share) in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Health  


Deputy Executive Dean (People and Culture) in the Faculty of Social Science and Health

Research interests

  • Race and Education
  • Race and Class
  • Race and Social Justice
  • Race and Intersectionality
  • Cultural Studies

Research groups

  • Higher Education and Social Inequalities

Esteem Indicators

  • Editorial Board Member for Sociology :
  • Editorial Board, Educational Philosophy and Theory: Reviewer of Papers, Reviewer of Special Issue Proposals:
  • Fellow of Royal Society of Arts (RSA):
  • Lead Editor on Palgrave Race and Education Book Series:
  • The Centre for Labour and Social Studies (CLASS) National Advisory Panel Member:
  • Trustee of The British Sociological Association (BSA):
  • Trustee of The Literacy Pirates :
  • Trustee of the Runnymede Trust:
  • UK Council for Graduate Education (UKCGE) Working Group on BME Participation in Postgraduate Research Member:
  • Universities UK Advisory Board Member on Racial Harassment in Higher Education:

Media Contacts

Available for media contact about:

  • Education:
  • General policy:
  • Identity, ethnicity and culture:
  • Social and ethical inequality:
  • Music:
  • The Media:
  • Social Policy: Family, youth, race & gender issues:
  • Sociology:


Authored book

  • Arday, Jason (Forthcoming). Being Young, Black and Male: Challenging the dominant discourse. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Arday, J. (2019). Considering Racialised Contexts in Education: Using reflective practice and peer-mentoring to support Black and Ethnic Minority educators. Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Arday, J. (2019). Cool Britannia and Multi-Ethnic Britain: Uncorking the Champagne Supernova. Abingdon: Routledge.

Chapter in book

  • Arday, Jason (Accepted). Decolonising higher learning education in the UK. In A World History of Sociology. Dufoix, S & Mosbah-Natanson, S France: Springer.
  • Arday, Jason (Accepted). Walls Can Come Tumbling Down: Negotiating Normative Whiteness, Racial Micro-aggressions and Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) mental health within the Academy. In Routledge Handbook of Critical Race and Whiteness Studies. Andreassen, R, Lundstorm, C, Keskinen, L, Tate, S A. New York: Routledge.
  • Arday, J., & Morton, L. (2021). Exploring the impact of mental health on Black pupil achievement in UK schools. In In Mahmud, A., & Satchell, L. Mental Wellbeing in Schools: What Teachers Need to Know to Support Pupils from Diverse Backgrounds. Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Arday, J (2020). All for One, One for All… If we all join hands we shall not fall. In Towards Decolonising the University: A Kaleidoscope for Empowered Action. Thomas, D & Jivraj, S Oxford: Counterpress.
  • Arday, J (2020). Trying to Break the Monopoly: Diversifying Our Curricula within the Academy. In Tran, D. Decolonizing Teaching and Learning. London: Bloomsbury.
  • Arday, J (2020). Sowing the Seeds: Embracing a more racially inclusive Academy. In Thomas, D., & Arday, J. Doing Diversity for Success in Higher Education: Redressing Structure Inequalities in the Academy. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Arday, J (2020). Understanding, addressing and centring BAME Leadership in Higher Education. In Doing Diversity for Success in Higher Education: Redressing Structure Inequalities in the Academy. Thomas, D & Arday, J Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Arday, J. (2019). Equality and diversity in teacher education: Developing an understanding of race and ethnicity in the classroom. In Teaching About Social Justice Issues in Physical Education. Hill, J., Walton-Fisette, J. L. & Sutherland, S. USA: Information Age Publishing.
  • Arday, J. (2019). Understanding mental health: What are the issues for Black, Asian and minority ethnic staff at University. In The Springer Encyclopedia of Teacher Education: A Living Reference. Peters, M. USA: Springer.
  • Arday, J. (2019). Race and educational leadership: Where do we start? In Race, Leadership and Education in England: An Integrated Analysis. Miller, P. & Callender, C. London: Bloomsbury.
  • Arday, J. (2018). Being black, male and academic: Navigating the White Academy. In Dismantling Race in Higher Education: Racism, Whiteness and Decolonising the Academy. Arday, J. & Mirza, H. S. London: Palgrave Macmillan. 161-174.
  • Arday, J. (2018). Understanding racism within the academy: The persistence of racism within higher education. In The Fire Now: Anti-Racist Scholarship in Times of Explicit Racial Violence. Johnson, A., Joseph-Salisbury, R. & Kamunge, B. London: Zed Books. 26-37.

Edited book

  • Thomas, Dave & Arday, Jason (2021). Doing Equity and Diversity for Success in Higher Education: Redressing Structural Inequalities in the Academy. Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Arday, J. & Mirza, H. S. (2018). Dismantling Race in Higher Education: Racism, Whiteness and Decolonising the Academy. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Edited Journal

  • Arday, J (2021). Educational Review Special Issue Theme: World in Motion. The Impact of Covid-19 on Global Higher Education (Special Issue Theme: Higher Education and Covid-19), Taylor and Francis Online.
  • Maylor, Uvanney, Roberts, Lorna, Linton, Kenisha & Arday, Jason (2021). Education Management Administration and Leadership Special Issue: Race and Educational Leadership: Rethinking Research Methods for Understanding and Addressing Ethnic Disparities. (Special Issue Theme: Race, Leadership and Research Methods.): Sage Publications.
  • Arday, J & Boliver, V (2021). Special Issue Theme: Higher Education in the Eye of the COVID-19 Storm. Higher Education (Special Issue Theme: The Impact of COVID-19 on the Global Academy), Springer Publishing.
  • Arday, Jason (2020). Special Issue Theme: Race Education and Social Mobility in Education. Educational Philosophy and Theory (Special Issue: Race and Social Mobility in Education), Taylor and Francis Online.

Journal Article

  • Arday, Jason (Submitted). Race and Educational Leadership: Exploring the Experiences of Black and Minority Ethnic Leaders in Higher Education. Educational Management Administration & Leadership
  • Stoll, N., Yalipende, Y., Arday, J., Smithies, D., Byrom, N., Lempp, N. & Hatch, S. (Submitted). Protocol for Black Student Wellbeing Study: A multi-site qualitative study on the mental health and wellbeing experiences of Black UK university students. BMJ Open
  • Arday, J (Submitted). Living Hand to Mouth: Understanding the precarious experiences of Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) academic and professional staff in Higher Education. British Journal of Sociology of Education
  • Arday, Jason, Branchu, Charlotte & Boliver, Vikki (2021). What do we know about Black and minority ethnic (BME) participation in UK higher education. Social Policy and Society
  • Maylor, U Arday, J, Roberts, L & Linton, K (2021). Race and Educational Leadership in schools and higher education: The influence of research methods and critical theorising in understanding representation, roles and addressing ethnic disparities. Educational Management Administration and Leadership
  • Whigham, S. & Arday, J. (2021). A response to ‘Seeking equality of educational outcomes for Black students: A Personal Account- A sociological perspective. The Psychology of Education Review
  • Arday, Jason (2021). No One Can See Me Cry: Understanding Mental Health Issues for Black and Ethnic Minority Academic Staff in Higher Education. Higher Education
  • Arday, Jason (2020). Race, education and social mobility: We all need to dream the same dream and want the same thing. Educational Philosophy and Theory 1.
  • Arday, Jason, Zoe Belluigi, Dina & Thomas, Dave (2020). Attempting to break the chain: reimaging inclusive pedagogy and decolonising the curriculum within the academy. Educational Philosophy and Theory 1.
  • Arday, Jason (2020). Fighting the tide: Understanding the difficulties facing Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Doctoral Students’ pursuing a career in Academia. Educational Philosophy and Theory 1.
  • Arday, Jason (2020). It’s the end of the World as we know it: Racism as a global killer of Black people and their emancipatory freedoms. Educational Philosophy and Theory 1.
  • Arday, J. (2018). Understanding race and educational leadership in higher education: Exploring the Black and ethnic minority (BME) experience. Management in Education 32(4): 192-200.
  • Arday, J. (2018). Dismantling power and privilege through reflexivity: Negotiating normative Whiteness, the Eurocentric curriculum and racial micro-aggressions within the Academy. Whiteness and Education 3(2): 141-161.
  • Arday, J. (2018). Understanding mental health: What are the issues for black and ethnic minority students at University? Social Sciences 7(10): 196.
  • Arday, J. (2013). Developing Professional Learning in Higher Education: Utilising Peer-mentoring to promote collaborative and reciprocal learning. Journal of Innovations in Practice 8(1): 36-48.

Other (Digital/Visual Media)

  • Arday, J. (2021). University offers less likely for more diverse students. BBC News.
  • Arday, J. (2021). Universities to combat race bias in research. BBC News. .
  • Arday, J. (2021). BBC News: Newport Pupil looking for University ‘Suitable for Black People’. BBC News.
  • Arday, Jason (2020). If we want a more equal Britain, we must teach its true Black History. The Guardian
  • Arday, Jason (2020). National Curriculum 'systematically omits' Black British History. The Guardian, November 2020..
  • Arday, Jason (2020). This is a Low: The Enduring effects of racial discrimination on mental health within the Academy. Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI).
  • Arday, Jason (2020). BBC Radio 4 Moral Maze: Racial Justice. London: BBC.
  • Arday, J (2020). BBC News Special: Black British History within the UK National Curriculum. BBC, June 2020.
  • Arday, Jason (2020). Black applicants least likely to be offered PhD places. BBC Newsnight.
  • Arday, Jason (2020). Talking about a Revolution: Diversifying the knowledge canon in the Academy. British Sociological Association (BSA), Everyday Society..
  • Arday, Jason (2020). Why We need Black History in UK Schools. History Workshop Online, University of Cambridge.
  • Arday, J. (2020). Black British history 'missing from school curricula in England'. The Guardian
  • Arday, J (2020). We must come together come together to dismantle racism in higher education. Times Higher Education.
  • Arday, Jason (2020). White Staff and a white curriculum: Inside fashion education. Vogue Business
  • Arday, Jason (2019). Research in Focus with Jason Arday. UK Council for Graduate Education (UKCGE)
  • Arday, J. (2019). Racism in academia has major impact on BAME staff mental health. Times Higher Education
  • Arday, Jason (2019). There's still a lot of work to be done to tackle racial harassment in universities. Times Higher Education.
  • Arday, J. (2019). Universities stamp out creativity: are graduates ready for work? The Guardian
  • Arday, J. (2017). Confronting racial inequality in the academy. University World News


  • Arday, J (2021). Welsh Government: Wales Centre for Public Policy, Race Equality Action Plan, National Education Review (Evidence and Policy Recommendations).
  • Arday, Jason (2020). Leading Routes: Exploring the Educational Transitions of Black students in Britain. UCL: London.
  • Arday, J. (2020). The Black Curriculum: Black British History in the National Curriculum Report. London: The Black Curriculum.
  • Williams, P., Bath, S., Arday, J. & Lewis, C. (2019). The Broken Pipeline: Barriers to Black PhD Students Accessing Research Council Funding. London: Leading Routes.
  • Arday, J. (2019). Exploring Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic academic under-representation and the dominant Eurocentric curriculum. London: CLASS/UCU.
  • Arday, J. (2017). Exploring Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) doctoral students' perceptions of a career in academia: Experiences, perceptions and career progression. London: University and College Union.
  • Alexander, C., Weekes-Bernard, D. & Arday, J. (2015). The school report: Race, education and inequality in contemporary Britain. London: Runnymede Trust.
  • Alexander, C. & Arday, J. (2015). Aiming higher: Race, inequality and diversity in the academy. London: Runnymede Trust.

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