People of Colour Staff network

  • A black woman speaking on the phone, representing people of colour

At this time, we see anger, confusion and hurt around the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery. We also see the high death rate for non-white people from COVID-19. Now, more than ever, a safe space to reflect, talk and be listened to, is required to support non-white staff

The People of Colour Staff Network was formally set up in June 2020 and is open to all non-white staff at the University of Lincoln. We are the first non-white staff support group to be set up at the University of Lincoln. 


If you are interested in joining the POC Staff Network, or would like more information, please contact us. 


The network is coordinated by our four co-chairs:

Lecturer, School of Sport & Exercise Science, Loughborough University

Dr Nik Dickerson

Lecturer, School of Sport & Exercise Science, Loughborough University

Dr. Nik Dickerson graduated with a BA in Sport Sociology from Ithaca College in 2005. He then went on to receive an MA in the Cultural Studies of Sport from the University of Maryland (2007), and a PhD in the Cultural Studies of Sport from the University of Iowa (2012). His PhD examined how race, gender, and national identity informed mediated representations of recreational drug use in sport, advertisement, and film. After graduating he served as a lecturer in American Studies at the University of Iowa for three years, and then spent seven years as a Senior Lecturer in Sport Sociology at the University of Lincoln (UK).

Nik’s research focuses on representations of Black masculinity and national identity within sport and popular culture. Specifically, his work interrogates how various forms of media (e.g., internet memes, adverts, film) construct and communicate dominate understandings of Black masculinity and national identity, while also exploring how members of the Black diaspora self-define and construct understandings of Black masculinity from a Black ontological perspective as a response to this dominant framing. He has specific expertise in representations of recreational drug use in sport, athlete activism, and the political underpinnings of constructions of national identity within sport through the lenses of race and gender.

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Senior Lecturer, School of Psychology

Dr Patrick Hylton

Senior Lecturer, School of Psychology

Patrick joined the University in 1999, having previously lectured at the University of Greenwich, the University of Northampton and Nottingham Trent University. He has a particular interest in student-focussed changes to teaching and learning. Staff profile

Senior LEAP Research Officer

Miss Rhianne Sterling-Morris

Senior LEAP Research Officer

Rhianne's work at the University focusses on student experience and engagement. Staff profile

Senior Lecturer, Lincoln School of Architecture & the Built Environment

Dr Primali Paranagamage

Senior Lecturer, Lincoln School of Architecture & the Built Environment

Primali is a Senior Lecturer in the Lincoln School of Architecture & the Built Environment, College of Arts. She completed her PhD at Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London. Her subject specialism is design for health and wellbeing, rehabilitation, regeneration, urban design, resettlement, rebuilding after disaster, the built environment in social construction and social change. Staff profile