SOAS, University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square
London, WC1H 0XG
This conference will examine the practical steps universities can take to address issues within their institution and across the sector.
The event will give you up-to-date briefings on the current issues surrounding BAME attainment, access, and diversity amongst students and staff. You will hear about lessons learned at other universities and about success stories. You'll also engage with students directly on their experiences and have the opportunity to discuss how to apply this within your institution. Hosted by Baroness Valerie Amos, Director of SOAS University of London and former Secretary of State for International Development, we will examine a range of themes, including but not limited to:
This event is recommended for everyone who works on or is interested in issues surrounding diversity and BAME attainment in higher education. Possible titles are suggested below, but we encourage anyone interested in the issue to attend:
We are pleased to be able to offer a limited number of free places for students to attend this event. Students can sign up to the conference through the Eventbrite page found here. The Eventbrite page is for student registrations only - a valid student ID card will be required to be shown on arrival at the event.
We have a range of sponsorship opportunities available at this event. Please contact Esther Dudley, Head of Events and Engagement for information, tel: 020 7419 5412; email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chair, Baroness Valerie Amos, Director of SOAS University of London
Adesewa Esther Adebisi, Student, University of Huddersfield
Amatey Doku, Vice-President, NUS
Professor Quintin McKellar, Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive, University of Hertfordshire
The above speakers will be joined by:
This session will share Glasgow Caledonian University's approach to establishing race equality as an institutional priority. It will focus on the early steps taken to promote the advancing of race equality in the context of perceptions around 'low numbers' and 'there's not a problem here', and outline future actions.
Adrian Lui, Equality and Diversity Advisor, Glasgow Caledonian University
This session covers how the University of Hertfordshire facilitates conversations about race throughout the institution. It will also discuss some of the challenges and difficulties that may arise as well as the positive outcomes it has produced for both staff and students alike.
Aloma Onyemah, Head of Equality and Diversity, Sheffield Hallam University
Dr Kristina Harrison, Programme Manager for studentships, Medical Research Council
Nona McDuff OBE, Director for Student Achievement, Kingston University
This session will look at two case studies from universities undertaking work in this area. The first will give an overview to the work being undertaken at UCL, including the development and rollout of an inclusive curriculum health check (ICHC) as part of their annual quality assurance process, and the appointment of students as Curriculum Partners. The second case study will look at the work of the Decolonising SOAS Working Group, as well as some of the changes that have been made to the curriculum and what the pedagogical advantages are.
Sandra Kerr OBE, Race Equality Director, Business in the Community
Professor Deborah Johnston, Pro-Director (Learning and Teaching), SOAS University of London