Black British Graduates
Untold Stories

Paper: 978 1 85856 853 9 / $32.95
Published: April 2018  

Publisher: Trentham Books
156 pp., 6 1/8" x 9 1/5"
Amanda Arbouin breaks new ground in documenting the learning and employment of black graduates in the UK. Ten British graduates of African Caribbean heritage review their education, both compulsory and post-compulsory, and their careers. They relate how they navigated the obstructions and microaggressions encountered while pursuing academic qualifications, and discuss their choices of employment.

These graduates offer teachers and academics valuable new insights into educational inequality and its effects. Their views and perspectives make this a key text for courses in education studies, sociology of education and teacher training. The book will also appeal to community activists, employers, educational policymakers, career advisers and all those who strive for social justice in the education and employment of minoritized groups in the UK.

Table of Contents:
1. An introduction
2. Unfulfilled potential: School experiences
3. En route to higher education: Motivations and journeys
4. Learning to achieve: The higher education experience
5. Bitter sweet: Graduate careers
6. Conclusions
Appendix: Participant biographies

Reviews & Endorsements:
"Dr Arbouin expertly weaves the educational journeys of Black professionals into a wider nuanced analysis of race, gender and the impact of the education system on the lives of Black Britons. It is an important work and an essential read for educators and policymakers."
- Dr. William Ackah, Program Director, Community Development and Development and Globalisation; Birkbeck, University of London
“Compelling and enlightening! This new book explores and chronicles the challenges, experiences and the successful outcomes of Black graduates. Dr Arbouin’s book complements the growing body of literature on resiliency, personal stories and person-centred ethnographies. I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in real solutions and creating genuine opportunities for future generations of Black students who dream of going to university one day and graduating.”
- Dr Richard Majors, former Clinical Fellow, Harvard Medical School and Honorary Professor, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs