Black History Month: Human Library Discussion

Black History Month: Human Library Discussion
Tuesday 26 October 2021
noon - 2pm
Sir Ian Wood Building - N204

This event takes place as part of the Union's Black History Month 2021 line-up.


The Human Library® is, in the true sense of the word, a library of people where readers can borrow human beings serving as open books and have conversations, they would not normally have access to. Learn more about the human library concept here.

Every human book from our bookshelf will represent a group in our society that is often subjected to prejudice, stigmatization or discrimination because of their lifestyle, diagnosis, belief, disability, social status or ethnic origin.

At RGU we are opening the Human Library during the Black History month to create an opportunity to listen to our human book and engage in conversations about celebrating cultural diversity focussing on our theme of the month – ‘Proud to be emerging stronger’.


Our Human Book

Ollie Folayan is visiting professor to School of Engineering, University of Dundee and a chartered chemical engineer working in the energy industry. He is the chair of the award -winning AFBE -UK Scotland and co - founder of AFBE -UK.

Ollie graduated with a BEng in Chemical Process Engineering with Fuel Technology from the University of Sheffield in 1999 and then earned a Doctorate (PhD) in Fuels and Combustion from University of Leeds in 2002 authoring five international publications in the field of combustion and engineering. To date Ollie has worked on Major CAPEX Front End Engineering Design, Detailed Design and commissioning Projects. 

In 2018 Ollie Folayan was accepted into the Fellowship of the Institution of Chemical Engineers. 

Ollie has championed successful outreach programmes such as Making Engineering Hot, NextGen (Scotland), Transition and Real Projects and has co-authored three publications on the influence of role models in the transition from academic study to the workplace and on the sustainability of the engineering profession in the UK. 

In addition, Ollie has also been involved with a number of successful community initiatives through organizations such as Shell and the Royal Academy of Engineering. Ollie has chaired a number of AFBE -UK annual seminars featuring key industry leaders and politicians and is a regular speaker at events on varied engineering topics. Ollie has participated in All party parliamentary group roundtables on STEM education, and he is a member of the All Energy Diversity and Inclusion task group set up in 2019 by Oil and Gas UK.

Ollie is an avid sports fan and his other interests including singing, mentoring and reading on various subjects.  


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