Black History Month

“Black History Month takes place every October and we are proud to be supporting it. We want USW to be an inclusive community - one where everyone is welcomed and is valued. 

"Black History Month is an opportunity to celebrate, share, and recognise the heritage and culture, contribution, and achievements of our Black and Black heritage students, colleagues, alumni, and our wider USW community. 

"It is also an opportunity to discuss the ways that we can all gain a greater knowledge and understanding in order to foster at USW an inclusive and anti-racist environment.”

Vida Greaux, Chair of the BME Staff Network, William Callaway, Chair of the Equality and Diversity Steering Group, and Richie Turner, Chair of the Race, Religion and Belief Equality Subgroup


USW’s Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) team is hosting a film premiere for students and colleagues, showcasing some of the EDI work that has taken place at USW in recent months.

Tuesday 24 October, 17:00 – 20:00, Cardiff Campus

The University’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) team is pleased to announce the next ‘Critical Conversations’ talk in the series.

Wednesday 11 October, 14.00 - 16.30, Treforest Campus

Join the Ethnic Minority Research Advisory Group as they discuss how to make research more inclusive for ethnic minority communities.

Wednesday 18 October, 11.00 - 12.30, Treforest Campus

Research at USW

Professor Florence Ayisi, award-winning film-maker

Florence Ayisi, Professor of International Documentary Film at USW, is an award-winning and Oscar-nominated filmmaker, leading the way in making an impact through film. 

Prof Ayisi teaches documentary film and engages in research through film. Her films have won numerous prestigious international awards and are screened all over the world. 

Professor Florence Ayisi started making films as a way of shining a spotlight on stories from her home country of Cameroon, challenging stereotypes and decolonising ideas about Africa by focusing on the positives to bring fresh perspectives and changes in societal attitudes. 

Her latest film, the multi-award winning ‘The Bronze Men of Cameroon’ is an intimate portrait of a community of bronze artisans in Foumban, the ‘City of Arts’.

Wales and Atlantic Slavery Research: Redressing Historical Amnesia

Work by USW historian Professor Chris Evans on the suppressed history of Wales and Atlantic slavery is affecting the ways in which public bodies and creative artists handle a difficult, contested past.

Evans is interested in the relationship between Atlantic slavery and industrial development in Europe, with a particular focus on Welsh industry. His book, Slave Wales: The Welsh and Atlantic Slavery, 1660-1850 (2010) revealed for the first time the significance of Welsh woollens in the slave Atlantic between the 1680s and the 1840s. Using material in British and US archives, Evans was able to demonstrate how Welsh fabric was (i) traded for captives on the Guinea coast, and (ii), more importantly, sold in large volumes to planters in the Caribbean and North America. Here, marketed as “Negro Cloth”, Welsh woollens were used to clothe enslaved workers.

USW Research Impact | Wales and Atlantic Slavery: Redressing Historical Amnesia

Our USW community

Podcast - The Afro Mix Show

The Afro Mix Show presents a special podcast for Black History Month. Listen below.


Richie Turner, Incubator Manager, said: “As USW’s Incubator Manager of the Startup Stiwdios, and also one of the Race Equality Charter Champions, I am delighted that we are able to feature four of our Black graduate entrepreneurs for Black History Month.. 

“They are all great role models and they are all running highly innovative new startup companies across South Wales. I hope you are inspired by their stories.”

Victor Ojabo is a USW alumni, entrepreneur and founder of NDT South Wales, who has worked with USW’s Startup Stwidio. 

Youmna Mouhamad is an entrepreneur and founder of Nyfasi, who has worked with USW’s Startup Stiwdio. 

Nnamdi Omeh, is an entrepreneur and founder of VIEW Guide, who has worked with USW’s Startup Stiwdio.

Mitchell Eboigbe is an entrepreneur and founder of Geospecial Environmental Solutions, who has worked with USW’s Startup Stiwdio.

The University also runs a series of business support events for external partners and businesses and provides access to University skills, talent and expertise. This includes support for women entrepreneurs. Women have fundamentally different experiences to men in business. Research shows that women who start and grow a business face more barriers around access to finance, disproportionate caring responsibilities, and different levels of access to networks.

As part of a USW Exchange Inspiring Women Wales podcast series, Gemma Casey from Natwest speaks to Valerie Creusailor from Goch & Co. Valerie loved hosting barbecues for family and friends.

They would compliment her and her husband on the sauces they made, which were inspired by their African heritage. Their guests suggested they should sell them - and there the idea of Goch & Co was born.

Diverse reading and play lists

The University of South Wales Library Service has created Black History and diverse reading and play lists.