SOAS University of London

SOAS and UUK to host conference on BAME attainment gap and the student experience - 5 June

2 May 2019

One day conference follows UUK and the NUS’s report on ‘Addressing the barriers to attainment for BAME students at UK universities’

Event focuses on student experience and how to make change happen in universities

Free places available for students

SOAS University of London together with Universities UK (UUK) is hosting a one-day conference on 5 June following Universities UK and the NUS’s report  ‘Black, Asian and minority ethnic student attainment at universities: #closingthe gap’ to focus on next steps in making change happen.

NUS UUK report

Hosted by Baroness Valerie Amos, Director of SOAS, the conference - ‘The BAME Attainment Gap: learning from the student experience’ - will give up-to-date briefings on the current issues surrounding BAME attainment, access, diversity amongst students and staff, and how to make change happen.

The event will include lessons learned at other universities and success stories. Participants will engage with students directly on their experiences and will discuss how to apply this within their institution.

A range of themes will be examined, including but not limited to:

  • Practical steps to tackle the BAME attainment gap
  • Promoting racial equality where there is limited racial diversity
  • Intersectionality: the impact on racial inequality of gender, socioeconomic background and disability
  • Having conversations about race, addressing organisational culture and examining how best to initiate conversations about race
  • How to gather and use the right data
  • What works – how to evaluate what you are doing
  • The importance of leadership to overcome the attainment gap
  • Listening to the student experience and taking action

Awareness of issues surrounding Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) attainment and diversity in higher education is increasing but to confront the issue and enhance the student experience there needs to be widespread best practice sharing in the sector.

Disparity of success when it comes to race is an issue that universities need to address head-on but many institutions are not sure how to initiate change. This conference will look at how to overcome structural inequality in higher education. From leadership, culture, curriculum, staffing, overall student experience, it will seek to examine and give practical advice on a range of issues that affect the attainment gap.

UUK are offering a limited number of free places for students to attend this event. Please email events@universitiesuk.ac.uk quoting the event title to request a free place (a valid student ID card will be required to be shown on arrival at the event).

Full details of the event and how to book can be found on the UUK website.