Overview

10 Feb, 20218:45 am-1:00 pm11 Feb, 20218:45 am-12:40 pm
Online Conference

The Supporting BAME Students throughout Higher Education Forum will explore the latest insights and initiatives from across the higher education sector as the emphasis falls on universities to ensure they are providing effective and culturally competent support for BAME students. Expert sessions will explore how universities can implement an anti-racist culture across the institution, support the wellbeing of BAME students through effective and inclusive support and ensure that they are meeting diverse needs and delivering real change for BAME students as a result of Covid-19 and the BLM movement. 

 

What to Expect:

  • An update from the Office for Students on the next steps to support BAME students 
  • Leading insights from universities delivering expert inclusive mental health services for BAME students 
  • An opportunity to understand the impact of Covid-19 on BAME students and how institutions can adapt support accordingly 
  • Engagement with live workshops and activities to ensure practical implementation of learnings 
  • 15 expert speakers sharing leading updates and insights from innovative initiatives to support BAME students across the sector 

Key Speakers

Kulbir Shergill photo
Kulbir Shergill
Director of Social Inclusion
University of Warwick
Amy Norton photo
Amy Norton
Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
Office for Students
Dr Marie Stewart photo
Dr Marie Stewart
Director, Taylor-Stewart Associates and Chair, Board of Governors
University of East London
Danecia Barrett photo
Danecia Barrett
BAME Student Advocate
University of Hertfordshire
Dr Gurnam Singh photo
Dr Gurnam Singh
Associate Professor of Equity of Attainment
Coventry University
Professor Dawn Edge photo
Professor Dawn Edge
Professor of Mental Health & Inclusivity and University Academic Lead for Equality, Diversity & Inclusion
University of Manchester
Professor Shane O’Neill photo
Professor Shane O’Neill
Co-Chair of the Race Equality Charter Self-Assessment Team
Keele University
Professor Fiona Beveridge photo
Professor Fiona Beveridge
Executive Pro Vice Chancellor
University of Liverpool
Robiu Salisu photo
Robiu Salisu
Student Inclusion Officer (BAME)
University of Bristol
Shames Maskeen photo
Shames Maskeen
Postgraduate Researcher and Operational Lead, Race Equality Charter
Leeds Trinity University

Agenda

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
8:45 am
Online Login and Registration

Throughout the Conference you will be able to make use of:

  • Match making networking and live delegate meet ups
  • Replay functions so you never miss a session
  • Live chat, questioning and polling tools
  • Real time resources and presentations
  • A next generation conference engagement platform
8:55 am
Your Tour of the Online Conference Platform

Before proceedings get underway, this short explainer session will explore how you can get the most out of our new next generation Conference platform.

The IG Higher Education Team will run through how to make virtual connections, creating networking meet ups, accessing content on demand and how to use our new Q&A, chat functions and virtual polling tools.

9:00 am
Chair's Welcome Address

This address will explore the key challenges to be discussed throughout the day, including supporting the wellbeing of BAME students, implementing an inclusive organisational culture and supporting BAME students during Covid-19.

These challenges will be reflected on throughout the event, culminating in a conclusion as to how delegates can look to solve these challenges.

Kulbir Shergill
Kulbir Shergill
Director of Social Inclusion
University of Warwick
Confirmed
9:10 am
Opening Keynote: Understanding The BAME Student Experience
  • Sharing experiences from BAME students within higher education on the barriers and challenges faced
  • Emphasizing the importance of HEIs listening to their students and incorporating student feedback into policy
  • Discussing the importance of considering mental health and wellbeing issues that BAME students may experience and how student support should be tailored around this

Danecia’s session will be followed by a 10 minutes of questions and answers

Danecia Barrett
Danecia Barrett
BAME Student Advocate
University of Hertfordshire
Confirmed
9:30 am
OfS Guidance Update: Next Steps for Increasing Support for BAME Students across Higher Education
  • Highlighting the key priorities of the OfS in supporting BAME students, including tackling the attainment gap, improving recruitment and retention and the overall experience
  • Discussing the impact of Covid-19 on BAME students including the impact on teaching and learning for BAME students specifically and how universities can tailor support accordingly 
  • Providing updates on the OfS’ work to eliminate the gap in degree outcomes between white and black students and identifying the knowledge gaps where HEIs need to do more 
  • Considering the next steps to be taken by HEI’s to increase support for BAME students in light of recent developments, including the BLM protests and Covid-19 

This session will be followed by 10 minutes of questions and answers

Amy Norton
Amy Norton
Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion,
Office for Students (OfS)
Confirmed
Maisha Islam
Maisha Islam
Student Engagement Research and Project Officer
University of Winchester
Confirmed
Part 2: Creating an Inclusive Organisational Culture
10:05 am
Practical HEI Insights Session: Creating a More Inclusive Organisational Culture

This session will provide unique practical guidance around the work Keele University have done within this space and look to provide attendees with solutions to common challenges the sector has been been facing.

 

Aim: To create a more inclusive, anti-racist organisational culture across the university 

Learning Outcomes: 

  • Evaluating the work Keele University had to do in order to become one of only 30 universities to hold a Bronze Race Equality Charter Award and picking up key tips to be implemented within your own organisation 
  • Understand how Keele University raised awareness throughout the university about anti-racism through the provision of educational and cultural resources such as the development of a film focused on microagressions experience by BAME students 
  • Learning from Keele University’s Race Equality Lecture Series that looks to explore the struggle against racism and discussing how to encourage voluntary participation across the university 

This session will be followed by 10 minutes of questions and answers

Professor Shane O’Neill
Professor Shane O’Neill
Co-Chair of the Race Equality Charter Self-Assessment Team
Keele University
Confirmed
10:35 am
Setting out a Roadmap to Effectively Tackle Racial Harassment across the University
  • Understanding the urgent, critical nature of this issue and carrying out a comprehensive examination of racial harassment across the university
  • Creating a new online reporting system for students and staff to report harassment and sharing insights into its impact
  • Taking a community approach to tackling racial harassment through building key partnerships to deliver training to staff
  • Sharing the framework developed by the university to work towards becoming a more equitable institution, including clear actions and accountability, and targets for addressing racial equity

This session will be followed by 10 minutes of questions and answers

Professor Fiona Beveridge
Professor Fiona Beveridge
Executive Pro Vice Chancellor
University of Liverpool
Confirmed
11:05 am
Break, Networking and Live Delegate Meet Ups

Your 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.

11:25 am
Ensuring Inclusive Representation: BAME Academics in Higher Education
Dr Winston Morgan
Dr Winston Morgan
Reader in Toxicology and Clinical Biochemistry
University of East London
Confirmed
11:55 am
Let’s Talk about Race: How to Get Staff to Have Challenging Conversations

This session is designed to provide attendees with the opportunity to learn from the University of Birmingham’s approach to increasing staff engagement around the issue of racism in an attempt to better understand and tackle racism and racial harassment on campus. 

  • Launching a campus wide consultation to engage staff and students in conversations about racism
  • Sharing insights into the Talking Confidently About Race Workshops to increase the capacity of managers to respond to race related grievances
  • Sharing guidance for HEIs on how to initiate conversations about race and overcoming common barriers to participation
  • Dissecting the use of the term ‘BAME’ and the importance of recognising that all experiences are not homogeneous

This session will be followed by 10 minutes of questions and answers

Dr Sammy Li
Dr Sammy Li
Equality and Diversity Advisor for Students
University of Birmingham
Confirmed
Sheena Griffiths
Sheena Griffiths
Equality and Diversity Adviser
University of Birmingham
Confirmed
12:25 am
Breakout Rooms: Implementing Key Learnings – Attainment, Curriculum and Inclusive Teaching

This session will provide an opportunity for delegates to discuss the latest initiatives in the sector and what can be learnt from these.

Delegates will have the choice of breaking out into two rooms to share experiences, assess findings and discuss what more can be done to tackle these issues.

Each room will be led by an expert speaker and will be focused on one of the following themes: 

Breakout Room A: Tackling the Attainment Gap and Developing Inclusive Teaching and Learning Practices – This session will be led by Joanna MacDonnell, Director of Education and Students, University of Brighton

Breakout Room B: Developing and Implementing an Inclusive Curriculum – This session will be led by Dr Devinder Rana-Rai, Director of Teaching Excellence, University of Wolverhampton

1:15 pm
Chair's Summary and Close

Day 1 of the conference will finish at 1:15pm.

8:45 am
Online Login and Registration

Throughout the Conference you will be able to make use of:

  • Match making networking and live delegate meet ups
  • Replay functions so you never miss a session
  • Live chat, questioning and polling tools
  • Real time resources and presentations
  • A next generation conference engagement platform
8:55 am
Your Tour of the Online Conference Platform

Before proceedings get underway, this short explainer session will explore how you can get the most out of our new next generation Conference platform.

Our IG Higher Education Team will run through how to make virtual connections, creating networking meet ups, accessing content on demand and how to use our new Q&A, chat functions and virtual polling tools.

9:00 am
Chair's Welcome Address
Part 3: Inclusive BAME Student Support: What Does It Look Like? How Can we Provide It?
9:10 am
Case Study: How to Provide Culturally Competent Student Support Services
  • Outlining the importance of having dedicated counsellors from BAME backgrounds and giving students the option to signify a preference 
  • Understanding the wellbeing issues that BAME students, specifically, experience and ensuring support is effectively tailored to their needs 
  • Sharing guidance on effectively training staff to understand the mental health implications of discrimination 
  • Discussing how universities can ensure that they are offering culturally competent support services, including creating safe spaces, increasing students’ sense of belonging and promoting diversity and inclusion ambassadors 
  • Highlighting how the university is supporting BAME students during Covid-19 
Professor Dawn Edge
Professor Dawn Edge
Professor of Mental Health & Inclusivity and University Academic Lead for Equality, Diversity & Inclusion
University of Manchester
Confirmed
9:30 am
Questions and Answers Session

Use our Conference platform to pose your live questions to speakers, share your ideas with fellow delegates via our chat function and participate in our new session polling.

9:40 am
Activity Session: Understanding and Tackling Imposter Syndrome among BAME Students

The session will begin with a 15 minute activity wherein delegates will have the opportunity to identify ways in which university processes, culture and ways of teaching can enforce imposter syndrome among BAME students. The rest of the session will then look at ways in which this syndrome can be tackled 

  • What is imposter syndrome and why is it more prevalent among students from BAME backgrounds? 
  • How does imposter syndrome have a negative impact on recruitment, retention and attainment for BAME students? 
  • What should universities be doing to support students to overcome imposter syndrome? 
Dr Marie Stewart
Dr Marie Stewart
Director, Taylor-Stewart Associates and Chair, Board of Governors
University of East London
Confirmed
10:20 am
Break, Networking and Live Delegate Meet Ups

Your 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.

Part 4: The Next Steps and Outlining What More Needs to be Done
10:50 am
Panel Session: The Next Steps for Improving Support for BAME Students During and Beyond Covid-19
  • Understanding how Covid-19 has negatively impacted BAME students, including financial impact, increased vulnerability to the virus and barriers to online learning 
  • Discussing how HEIs should be supporting BAME students to overcome these challenges through flexible and understanding solutions 
  • Evaluating how Covid-19 is having a disproportionate educational impact on BAME students and how learning and teaching practices should be adapted to tackle this in the short and long term
Robiu Salisu
Robiu Salisu
Student Inclusion Officer (BAME)
University of Bristol
Confirmed
Dr Gurnam Singh
Dr Gurnam Singh
Associate Professor of Equity of Attainment
Coventry University
Confirmed
Tahmina Choudhery
Tahmina Choudhery
The Vice President of Professional and Social Sciences
Middlesex University Students Union
Confirmed
11:20 am
Workshop: Designing an Action Plan to Tackle Racial Inequality in Higher Education
  • Understand the process of applying for a Race Equality Charter Mark and how to map this against an action plan 
  • Identify key priorities for promoting anti-racism across your institution and the key steps required to achieve this 
  • Ensure you have incorporated student and staff feedback and that your action plan takes into account the diverse needs of your student body 
Shames Maskeen
Shames Maskeen
Postgraduate Researcher and Operational Lead, Race Equality Charter
Leeds Trinity University
Confirmed
12:00 pm
Chair's Summary and Close

This session will summarise key takeaways from the day and how delegates can implement these learnings in their own organisations.

 

*This Programme is subject to change

Audience

This Forum is specifically designed for the Higher Education sector. Typical job titles include:

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

Pricing

  • Public Sector (Online Rate)
    £295 + VAT
  • Voluntary Sector (Online Rate)
    £245 + VAT
  • Private Sector (Online Rate)
    £395 + VAT