Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) students and academics face a host of challenges that their White peers do not. The latest data shows the degree-awarding gap for BAME students is 13.2%, with the largest gap between Black and White students. Out of 19,000 UK professors, less than 100 are Black or mixed-race, and of those only 27 are women.
This is an issue that the higher education sector needs to tackle head-on with frank and open discussion. This event will reflect on what progress has been made since the release of Universities UK and the NUS's 2019 report on 'Black, Asian and minority ethnic student attainment at UK universities: #ClosingtheGap', and what more needs to be done across the sector.
Why should you attend?
This online event will give you up-to-date briefings on the current issues surrounding ethnicity awarding gaps. Speakers will share good practice, emerging evidence and lessons learned. Headline speakers include:
Baroness Valerie Amos, Master of University College, University of Oxford
Amatey Doku, Consultant, Nous Group and Co-chair of Black Alumni Network, University of Cambridge
Arun Verma, Head of Race Equality Charter, Advance HE
Hillary Gyebi-Ababio, Vice-president, Higher Education, NUS
Gavin Douglas, Senior Lecturer in Fashion and Founding Co-Chair of Global Ethnic Majority Staff Network, University of Northampton
Amongst other themes, we will be running sessions on:
- #ClosingtheGap – Two years on and what progress have we made?
- Address from the NUS
- Implementing a whole university approach
- Supporting women of colour in HE
- Let’s talk about race and ethnicity
- Equal career opportunities
- Changing the culture – reflections from outside organisations
Who should attend?
This event is recommended for everyone who works on or is interested in issues surrounding diversity, inclusion and BAME student attainment in higher education. Possible titles are suggested below, but we encourage anyone interested in the issue to attend:
- Pro-Vice Chancellors Education or Student Experience
- Heads of Schools/Faculties/Departments
- Lecturer/Senior Lecturer
- Students' Union Officer
- Director/Head/Officer of:
- Student Experience
- Student Engagement
- Fair Access
- Widening Participation
- Planning and Strategy
- Student Services
- Student Support and Wellbeing
- Teaching and Learning
- Recruitment and Outreach
- Equality and Diversity
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We acknowledge the challenges in using homogenising language, such as BAME. Where possible, we recommend that universities disaggregate student ethnicity data, where student populations allow for this. Throughout this conference we will create space for delegates to discuss definitions and terminology, and how to have these conversations with their own student and staff population.