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Tackling racial harassment

30 Oct 2019, 09:30 - 16:30
Woburn House,
Tavistock Square, 
Kings Cross, London WC1H 9HQ


Building on our work on Changing the Culture to tackle violence, harassment and hate-crime and UUK's report Closing the BAME attainment gap, UUK is hosting a one-day national conference dedicated to tackling racial harassment in higher education head-on.

The conference will explore the findings from the upcoming Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) report on their inquiry into understanding the types of racial harassment in higher education of staff and students and recommendations, bring forth individual testimony, and showcase innovative practice from universities to address some of the challenges raised in the report to foster safer, more inclusive communities to study, live and work.

Why should you attend?

The conference is an opportunity to hear directly from Elizabeth Bowles, Head of Inquiries at the EHRC on the outcomes of their inquiry and the recommendations for the sector. This is to raise questions about the EHRC's priorities and challenges for addressing racial harassment in the higher education sector and the implementation of the recommendations.

The conference is also an opportunity to hear from Professor David Richardson, Vice-Chancellor at the University of East Anglia about UUK's response to the outcomes and developments of UUK's new project on tackling racial harassment. We will also be joined by Zamzam Ibrahim, President of the NUS.

Throughout the day, the conference will further explore:

  • statutory and legal frameworks on racial harassment and race-based hate crime
  • how to improve levels of reporting and reporting mechanisms
  • how to respond to complaints by students and staff including how to increase transparency and accountability in institutional processes and procedures and outcomes for the student/staff member making the report
  • effective recording and collecting of data 

Who should attend?

This conference is open to all with an interest in this topic. It will be particularly useful for all university staff who have responsibility for or play a part in the management of student and staff services and wellbeing. Relevant job titles include:

  • Director/Head of Student Services
  • Director/Head of Human Resources
  • Director/Head of Student Support & Wellbeing
  • Director/Head of Student Experience
  • Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Officer/Manager
  • Head of Student Conduct and Appeals
  • Community Liaison Managers/ Community Engagement
  • Director/Head of Student Counselling
  • Director/Head of Student Wellbeing
  • Safeguarding Leads

If you have any questions about this or any other of our events, please contact us on events@universitiesuk.ac.uk or 020 7419 5535.

We also have a range of sponsorship opportunities available at this event. Please contact Esther Dudley, Head of Events and Engagement for further information. Tel: 020 7419 5412; email: esther.dudley@universitiesuk.ac.uk.

Sanaa Busaidy-Hubert

Sanaa Busaidy-Hubert

Events Producer
Universities UK

Esther Dudley

Head of Events and Engagement
Universities UK


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