In 2022, we organised a participatory research project called ‘Decoloniality and Partnership in Higher Education’. This took the form of a three-day workshop in July with a group of students and staff from Westminster and four other higher education institutions: UAL Central Saint Martins, Nottingham Trent University, Kingston University and University of West London. Led by the work of bell hooks who taught us that by ‘learning and talking together, we break the notion that our experience of gaining knowledge is private, individualistic, and competitive’ and ‘by choosing and fostering dialogue, we engage mutually in a learning partnership’ (2010), we explored how engaging in relationships of partnership can help us to think through and co-create decolonial atmospheres in which we and our institutional learning spaces might be transformed.
The work that was produced from this workshop was a series of beautifully hand-crafted zines, representing the educational journeys of each of our participants. You can view a number of them here: