30/04/2019 : Black Educational Inequality Uk

Black Educational Inequality in the UK

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In the UK, 78% of white students receive a 2:1 or First at university compared with only 53% of Black students. Beyond the racialised award gap, access to university has become an urgent matter of concern as admission, retention, satisfaction and employment outcomes unfairly differ for Black students. Experiences of racism on campus are being spoken about more openly, but how can we really make a difference?   Join us for an evening of community discussion and brainstorming whereby issues of access, racism, anti-Blackness and progression are shared. This event will be solutions-focussed and prioritising the Black student and staff experience at universities. Feedback from the event will be used in developing a new platform to support Black students throughout their higher education journey.

  Is there a lack of awareness in our communities regarding award gaps, retention and student outcomes? What has been successful in bridging the gap between students, staff and academics? Has conversation around award gaps taken attention away from immediate issues of access such as finance, mental health support and pastoral care? What does ‘decolonising’ mean to and for Black students and academics? How can we amplify the need for support/funding for progression to postgraduate study?   Panellists   Baroness Valerie Amos - Valerie joined as Director of SOAS University of London in September 2015. From 2010, she served as Undersecretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator at the UN. She served in a number of roles in the public sector including in local government and as Chief Executive of the Equal Opportunities Commission. Valerie was an adviser to the Mandela Government on leadership, change, management and strategy issues between 1994 and 1998.
She was appointed a Labour Life Peer in 1997 and became a member of the Government in 1998. She was a Foreign Office Minister, Secretary of State for International Development, Leader of the House of Lords and Lord President of the Council. She also served as UK High Commissioner to Australia before joining the UN. In June 2016, she was made a Companion of Honour in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.   Dr Nicola Rollock - Dr Nicola Rollock is an academic, consultant and public speaker specialising in racial justice in education and the workplace. She is a member of the Wellcome Trust’s Diversity & Inclusion Steering Group and, a Patron of AdvanceHE’s Race Equality Charter which aims to improve the experiences and progression of students and faculty of colour.
Nicola was recently appointed as the Specialist Adviser to the Home Affairs’ Select Committee inquiry – the Macpherson Report 20 Years On - which is examining whether there has been progress in meeting the 70 recommendations published in 1999. Her most recent research examines the career experiences and strategies of UK Black female Professors and was covered by WonkHE, The Guardian, Stylist magazine and British Vogue.   Paulette Williams - Paulette Williams has worked in higher education for over a decade leading widening participation and student success projects. She currently works as Head of Student Success Projects at University College London (UCL) where she leads on an institution-wide project addressing the BME attainment gap, sits on the university's Race Equality Charter Mark Self Assessment Team and contributes to race equality work within the HE sector.
Paulette is Founder of Leading Routes - an organisation she set up to provide support for African Caribbean students and celebrate the Black community's success within higher education. The organisation aims to help prepare the next generation of Black academics and runs Paths to University and Black in Academia - projects actively working to democratise information about higher education throughout the student lifecycle. Paulette recently returned to education herself and is currently studying towards an MSc part-time at Birkbeck, University of London.    Robert Temowo - Robert Temowo works at Kingston University as an Education Liaison Officer. Robert’s role allows him to visit Schools and Colleges all across London, promoting the importance of education, through interactive workshops and taster sessions, including supporting students transition from School to University.
Robert is responsible for all the Universities activities with Key Stage 4 students as well as working with Pupil Referral Units, Looked After Children and community groups.   Kaleke Kolawole - Kaleke Kolawole is a postgraduate student of African Studies with specialism in Economics and Government and Politics at SOAS, University of London. Kaleke is a researcher and facilitator for Decolonial Toolkits across HE curriculums. She is a young professional with interest in international development and policy making. Kaleke has led symposiums across universities on decolonial pedagogies and intersectional feminist transformations.   The event will be followed by a drinks reception.

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