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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.
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.
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:
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Professor David Richardson, Vice-Chancellor, University of East Anglia
Elizabeth Bowles, Head of Inquiries, Equality and Human Rights Commission
This keynote address by Elizabeth Bowles will give us first hand insights on the results of the newly published inquiry into racial harassment of staff and students in higher education institutions and share recommendations for universities to take effective action to prevent and respond to racial harassment.
Zamzam Ibrahim, President, National Union of Students (NUS)
Hear from the new NUS president as she shares some of her own experiences whilst also giving universities more practical ways in which they could be leading change in this important area for students.
Afia Khan, Ethnic Minority Officer, University of East Anglia Students' Union
Nelly Kibirige, President, London South Bank University Students' Union
Maxine Llydia Thomas-Asante, Co-President, Democracy and Education, SOAS Students' Union
Ricardo Barker, Senior Lecturer/Filmmaker, Leeds Trinity University
Chaired by: Zamzam Ibrahim, President, National Union of Students (NUS)
As part of this session, we will be viewing clips from a recent film produced at Leeds Trinity University on what racial harassment can look like for a student at university and how to recognise it and, hearing from senior lecturer and filmmaker, Ricardo Barker behind his incentive for producing it.
The student panel will also share their own experiences based on examples from the film and take questions from the audience.
Pewist Osman, Head of Student Support, Student Support Services, Goldsmiths, University of London
This session will discuss Goldsmiths, University of London's approach to collaboration and engagement with key partners and local agencies tackling harassment and working in partnership to explore a range of approaches to empowering communities (student, staff and local residents) to report hate incidents and access support.
Dom Jackson-Cole, Independent Consultant and Equality and Diversity Advisor, SOAS University of London
Karim Perrineau, Founder and Director, New Beings
This will be a practical hour in which we will have the chance to be involved in a mini unconscious bias training workshop. Dom and Karim will also be sharing with us some of their experiences as a trainer in the higher education sector and useful learning points to take away on developing and improving training within individual institutions.
Dr Stevie-Jade Hardy, Associate Professor, University of Leicester
This will be an opportunity to hear from Dr Stevie-Jade Hardy, hate crime expert, on how to evaluate the effectiveness of new policies, campaigns and interventions designed to tackle racial harassment at universities, based on a case study at the University of Leicester, with the support of OFS Catalyst funding.
Professor Wendy Thomson, Vice-Chancellor, University of London
Professor Nick Braisby, Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive Officer, Bucks New University
Nona McDuff OBE, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Students and Teaching, Solent University
During this session, you will have the opportunity to hear from senior leadership on why they have come together to lead work on this pertinent issue. They will be discussing their own personal journey on their vision for building an inclusive community at their own university for staff and students and sharing thoughts on how delegates can start making change within their own institutions.
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David Richardson is the Vice-Chancellor and Professor of Bacterial Biochemistry at the University of East Anglia (UEA) on the Norwich Research Park. He joined UEA in 1991, and held positions of Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) and Deputy Vice-Chancellor before being appointed as Vice-Chancellor in 2014. He is President of the Aurora Network of Universities and a Member of the Anglia Innovation Partnership LLP. He was a member of the UUK Taskforce that authored the ‘Changing the Culture’ report that provided recommendations for a whole institution approach to tackling violence against women, harassment and hate crime affecting university students and has led on the implementation of this in partnership with students at UEA.
Elizabeth is Head of Inquiries at the Equality and Human Rights Commission, where she has led the inquiry into racial harassment in higher education. Prior to this, she has had roles as Head of Employment and Head of Education at the Commission. Elizabeth has had an extensive career in equality and human rights policy and implementation and has advised public and private bodies on achieving compliance and best practice in this field. She has also led submissions for the UN on the UK’s compliance with its international legal obligations.
Zamzam is the President of the National Union of Students (NUS) where she is elected to represent the views of learners across the UK. Along with student leaders in Students’ Unions across the country Zamzam works every day to campaign toward a free and funded education system. Prior to her current role Zamzam was NUS’ Vice President Society and Citizenship, and President of University of Salford Students’ Union.
Nelly Kibirige is a mature student and student parent of African heritage. Currently intercalating from her course, she is a second year student studying BA (Hons) Business Management with Law at South Bank University.
Whilst on sabbatical, she is the re-elected President of London South Bank Students' Union, Chair of Trustee Board, University Governor, NUS Welfare zone committee member, and Chair of the university's Honorary Awards committee. Nelly has also sat on and informed the APPG on post-18 Education committee with Philip Augar in June 2018.
She is a 'non-traditional' student who gained levels 1, 2 and 3 through the Further and alternative provider Education Pathway. She is also a mother of four, her youngest being 3 years old and the eldest just sitting his GCSEs aged 16.
Nelly is a quintessential South Bank student, managing studying with commuting, whilst juggling a complex life that comes with childcare and financial challenges.
Ricardo is a Senior Lecturer and multi-disciplinary Filmmaker with over 30 years’ experience in Drama, Documentary and Music. He joined Leeds Trinity University in 2008 and specialises in the practice of filmmaking and script writing.
As a freelance filmmaker, Ricardo has created content for All3Media’s Shameless, as well as behind the scenes documentaries for television dramas produced for the BBC, ITV and Channel 4. Whilst at ITV, he was a Single Camera Director for a host of light entertainment and regional programmes including Stars in Their Eyes. Ricardo continues to make his own short-form independent dramas.
Pewist has over 15 years’ experience in both the Further and Higher Education sector. He has led numerous projects focused on safeguarding and tackling harassment (race, hate and sexual violence). Pewist has developed and maintained a holistic approach to student support and tackling harassment, building and developing community engagement.
Dr Stevie-Jade Hardy is an Associate Professor in the School of Criminology at the University of Leicester and Deputy Director of the Centre for Hate Studies. Over the past six years Stevie has been commissioned to undertake a number of major research, evaluation and consultancy projects relating to equality, diversity, hate and extremism. As part of these projects she has engaged with more than 2,000 hate crime victims and perpetrators. Stevie has an established track record as a trainer and has extensive knowledge of Government policy and practice from participating in a wide-range of national advisory boards.
Professor Nick Braisby is
Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive Officer at Buckinghamshire New University,
having been appointed to the position in February 2019.
He joined Bucks New University as Deputy Vice-Chancellor in September 2017 from
the University of West London where he had held the role of Pro Vice-Chancellor
Professor Braisby is a Chartered
Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. He has
held posts at London South Bank University, the University of Winchester, the
Open University and London Guildhall University.
He studied Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge and then read for a PhD in Cognitive Science at the University of Edinburgh. Prof Braisby obtained a British Academy postdoctoral research fellowship held at the London School of Economics.