Vini Lander is currently Professor of Race and Teacher Education at the University of Roehampton. She will be moving to Leeds Beckett University in November 2019 to lead the Centre for Race, Education and Decoloniality and as Professor of Race and Education.
Her research uses the framework of critical race theory to examine ‘race’ (in)equalities in education, specifically in teacher education. She is leading research on the policy to promote fundamental British values in English schools and initial teacher education. In collaboration with colleagues she edited a special issue on fundamental British values for the Journal of Education for Teaching. This edition has proved very popular and has been published as a book.
Vini has an international research profile including delivering keynote lectures and seminars on race on equality and diversity within the UK, in Germany and Sweden. She has worked in Oman and was a member of the ESRC funded Diverse Teachers for Diverse Learners national and international network of teacher educators working with colleagues in Norway, Canada and the UK.
In June 2014 she was awarded a HEA National Teaching Fellowship. The persistence of educational inequality from early years to higher education has spurred Vini to educate teachers to think beyond the status quo which may perpetuate these inequalities. Teachers make a valuable contribution and deserve better preparation to teach in a diverse society. This has led to her inspirational teaching. Vini challenges students to think differently, supporting them to find ways to act to make a difference. Charley, who is now a teacher, said: “Sadly, it is very easy to brush diversity under the carpet by buying ‘welcome mats’ in 40 different languages. Your teaching taught me we need to do more than this …race equality has to be an attitude embedded into teaching not a tick list.”
She is a member of the British Educational Research Association (BERA) and co-convened the Race, Ethnicity and Education Special Interest group. She is a member of the steering group for the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education, Reflecting Realities Project which is examining the representation of BAME characters in children’s literature.
Previously Vini was Head of Primary Education at the University of Chichester with responsibility for primary initial teacher education as well as being the research co-ordinator for the Education department. Vini worked in mainstream schools teaching science for a number of years. She also worked as a Section 11 Schools Liaison teacher and was teacher in charge of pupils with English as an Additional Language (EAL). Vini has been an Ofsted inspector for primary schools and initial teacher training. From 2004-2010 she was appointed Deputy Director of Multiverse, a Training and Development Agency (TDA) funded national professional resource network on achievement and diversity which had a significant impact on teacher education provision with respect to equality and diversity.