Overview

02 Feb, 20228:45 am-1:00 pm03 Feb, 20228:45 am-1:00 pm
Online Conference

The Supporting BAME Students throughout Higher Education Forum will explore how BAME students can be successfully supported throughout the student lifecycle with an emphasis on racial equality and tackling structural injustices throughout the student experience.

The Forum will examine the next steps in tackling racial discrimination and harassment, the role of effective leadership in delivering institution-wide change and how both student services and academic departments can deliver enhanced inclusion in higher education provision.

What to Expect

  • Leading insights on embedding the student voice and supporting co-production
  • Practical ideas on delivering a racial equality strategy across an institution
  • Interactive workshops examining inclusion at all stages of the BAME student journey
  • Analysis on how the sector is working to tackle racial discrimination and harassment
  • Peer-led discussions on enhancing student service provision to reflect the BAME experience

*We recognise that the term BAME does fully reflect the full and diverse experience of all ethnic identities and the challenges faced by all communities. This event understands the challenges and nuances involved in using the term BAME and the speakers, content and programme is intended to reflect this.

Expert Speakers and Practitioners

Professor Paul Miller photo
Professor Paul Miller
Professor of Educational Leadership & Social Justice
President, Commonwealth Council for Educational Administration & Management (CCEAM)
Sukhvinder Singh photo
Sukhvinder Singh
Race Equality Lead
University of Wolverhampton
Akosua Osei-Owusu photo
Akosua Osei-Owusu
Officer, BME Student’s Network
University College London
Paul Ho photo
Paul Ho
Officer, BME Student’s Network
University College London
Karun Maudgil photo
Karun Maudgil
Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Project Lead
SOAS, University of London

Agenda

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
9:00 am
Online Login and Registration
9:30 am
Chair’s Welcome Address – Day 1
Sukhvinder Singh
Sukhvinder Singh
Race Equality Lead
University of Wolverhampton
Confirmed
9:40 am
Racial Equality and Inclusivity – Acting on the Student Voice
  • Understanding the lived experience of BAME students in higher education and the reality of discrimination
  • What does tangible action look like on inclusivity, cultural preservation and racial equality?
  • Assessing the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the BAME attainment and awarding gap and how the gap can be addressed
Akosua Osei-Owusu
Akosua Osei-Owusu
Officer, BME Student’s Network
University College London
Confirmed
Paul Ho
Paul Ho
Officer, BME Student’s Network
University College London
Confirmed
10:10 am
Office for Students Update: An Action Plan on Driving Equality for BAME Students
  • Examining what works in delivering a high impact whole-provider approach to tackling the BAME awarding gap
  • Assessing the OfS regulatory approach in monitoring equality gaps and exploring effective interventions in tackling attainment disparities
  • Evaluating the gap across the student journey from access to student success and from degree classifications to employment outcomes
  • Outlining the Office for Students approach on harassment and discrimination and what providers can expect from its Statement of Expectations
Amy Norton
Amy Norton
Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
Office for Students (OfS)
Confirmed
Maisha Islam
Maisha Islam
Member
Office for Students’ Student Panel
Confirmed
10:40 am
Break and Virtual Networking
11:00 am
The Racial Equality Action Plan: What Does it Take to Deliver Institution-Wide Inclusivity?
  • Examining approaches to representation, diverse recruitment and the development of an inclusive environment for working and studying
  • Evaluating what an effective racial equality action plan looks like and how institutions can develop a roadmap for change
  • Assessing how the sector should approach review of curricula and teaching pedagogy to ensure universal approaches to learning
  • Analysing how action can be delivered from a whole provider approach and the role of effective use of evidence, data and the harnessing of student co-production
Dr Arun Verma
Dr Arun Verma
Head of Race Equality Charter
Advance HE
Confirmed
Professor Bhavik Patel
Professor Bhavik Patel
Professor of Clinical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
University of Brighton
Confirmed
Karun Maudgil
Karun Maudgil
Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Project Lead
SOAS, University of London
Confirmed
12:00 pm
Break and Virtual Networking
12:20 pm
Workshop Series: Delivering High Quality Inclusion throughout the BAME Student Journey

In these in-depth walk-through sessions you will be able to examine approaches to inclusion throughout the student lifecycle and assess what it means to deliver real action for BAME students at the ground-level.

These sessions will assess practical interventions for HE leaders, teaching staff and student support services, as well as sharing practical ideas for implementation within your own context. You will have the opportunity to share your ideas and assess your action points alongside peers.

You will be able to choose 2 of 3 sessions to take part in.

Workshop A: Access and Entry: Widening Participation for BAME Students
Vanessa Worthington
Vanessa Worthington
Widening Access and Participation Coordinator (BAME Projects)
University of Oxford
Invited
Workshop B: Student Success and Attainment: Closing the Gap
Dr Billy Wong
Dr Billy Wong
Associate Professor, Institute of Education
University of Reading
Invited
Workshop C: Graduate Outcomes, Progression and Entering Employment
Maryane Mwaniki
Maryane Mwaniki
Head of Employer Engagement
London School of Economics (LSE)
Confirmed
1:20 pm
Close of Day 1

Day 1 of the Conference concludes at 1:20pm.

You will still have the opportunity to make the most of the virtual Conference, meet up with fellow delegates, make connections and tour our real-time resources and content.

Don’t forget if you’ve missed a session, you can use our replay functions, so you can watch all the content on demand at a time that suits you.

9:00 am
Online Login and Virtual Registration
9:30 am
Chair’s Welcome Address – Day 2
Sukhvinder Singh
Sukhvinder Singh
Race Equality Lead
University of Wolverhampton
Confirmed
9:40 am
Tackling Racial Injustice through Higher Education Leadership

What does it take to deliver an anti-racist approach in higher education leadership? How can institutions go beyond strategies and planning to deliver real change? How can an effective leadership structure tackle racial injustice at all levels?

This session will dissect what equality, diversity and inclusion means in higher education sector, the weaknesses the sector is experiencing in delivering change and what constitutes an effective leadership framework in tackling injustice for BAME students and staff.

Professor Paul Miller
Professor Paul Miller
Professor of Educational Leadership & Social Justice
President, Commonwealth Council for Educational Administration & Management (CCEAM)
Confirmed
10:10 am
Being a White Ally – Recognition and Action

This session will assess what it means to be a white ally and how white staff and students can support racial equality in their institution. This thought-provoking session will ask:

  • How can we talk openly and respectfully about racism and racial injustice?
  • What does it mean to be a ‘work in progress’ in recognising unconscious bias and embarking on a journey of understanding?
  • How can we actively support BAME students and staff in the push towards equality?
Sheena Griffiths
Sheena Griffiths
Equality and Diversity Adviser
University of Birmingham
Invited
10:30 am
Break and Virtual Networking
10:50 am
Tackling Harassment and Discrimination of BAME Students – Are we Really Making Progress?
  • Assessing the steps being taken across the higher education sector to tackle racial violence and discrimination following the Black Lives Matters movement in 2020
  • Evaluating how institutions are identifying, investigating and reporting incidents of racial harassment and considering how practices are changing
  • Exploring the long term cultural changes on racial discrimination and how whole-university approaches can be designed to go beyond policy design
  • Improving racial literacy and delivering real transformation on microaggressions, unconscious bias and institutional racism
Professor Udy Archibong MBE
Professor Udy Archibong MBE
Pro Vice-Chancellor (Equality, Diversity and Inclusion)
University of Bradford
Confirmed
Dr Jason Arday
Dr Jason Arday
Deputy Executive Dean (People and Culture) in the Faculty of Social Science and Health
Durham University
Confirmed
Professor David Richardson
Professor David Richardson
Vice-Chancellor, University of East Anglia and Chair,
Universities UK Changing the Culture Taskforce
Invited
11:50 am
Break and Virtual Networking
12:10 pm
Workshop Series: Action for Enhancing Student Service Provision for BAME Students

In these practical and interactive workshops you will be able to explore some core challenges around student service provision and assess what high quality interventions look like for BAME students.

These sessions will go beyond just how student service leaders can respond and consider how the whole university community can work to support BAME students and staff.

In these workshops you will have the opportunity to discuss and share ideas with peers from across the sector.

Workshop A: Opening Dialogue – Breaking Down Barriers on Conversations of Racial Injustice
Evangeline Tsao
Evangeline Tsao
Equality and Diversity Coordinator (Race)
University of York
Invited
Workshop B: What does Tailored Welfare and Pastoral Provision Look Like?
Faith Marsh
Faith Marsh
Student Wellbeing Advisor
Imperial College London
Invited
Workshop C: Racial Trauma: Effective Support, Care and Recovery
Michelle Yembra
Michelle Yembra
Senior Student Equality Diversity and Inclusion Officer
City, University of London
Invited
1:10 pm
Close of Day 2

Day 2 of the Conference concludes at 1:10pm

You will still have the opportunity to make the most of the virtual Conference, meet up with fellow delegates, make connections and tour our real-time resources and content.

Don’t forget if you’ve missed a session, you can use our replay functions, so you can watch all the content on demand at a time that suits you.

Audience

This Forum is specifically designed for the Higher Education sector. Those in attendance will include:

  • Pro-Vice-Chancellors
  • Associate Deans
  • Equality and Diversity Officers
  • Heads of Student Support
  • Heads of Student Welfare
  • Heads of Counselling
  • Directors of Student Services
  • Directors of Student Life
  • Student Experience Managers
  • Heads of Student Engagement
  • Heads of Student Success
  • Widening Participation Managers

Pricing

For group discounts and enquiries about your registration please contact us on 020 3770 6580 or [email protected]