Success and Progression for Every Student: Closing the Gap in Ethnicity-Related Disparities

Confirmed to Speak:

  • Kirsty Johnson, HE Policy Adviser, Access & Participation Funding & Programmes, Office for Students
  • Dr Debra Cureton, Research Development Manager, University of Wolverhampton
  • Ilyas Nagdee, Black Students’ Officer, NUS
  • Dan Hurley, Policy Manager, Universities UK
  • Nona McDuff OBE, Director of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Kingston University & Chair, Higher Education Race Action Group
  • Dr Mary McKeever, Principal Lecturer in Higher Education, University of Portsmouth
  • Alexandra Banks, Student Achievement Manager, Solent University
  • (Chair) Dr Gurnam Singh, National Teaching Fellow & Principal Lecturer in Social Work, Coventry University


The new HE regulatory landscape, most significantly the establishment of the Office for Students, provides HEIs with an opportunity to assess if they are effectively closing the gap in ethnicity-related disparities and supporting BAME students to succeed. BAME non-continuation rates have recently risen, shining a light on universities as an inclusive learning environment.

Attend this timely Westminster Briefing to hear from the Access & Participation Funding & Programmes Team at the Office for Students, together with sector leaders and universities effectively addressing the challenges you’re facing. Ensure you can confidently say you are meeting the OfS requirement to ensure “success and progression for every individual student, whatever their background and wherever they study”.


Key Issues to be Addressed Include:

  • The current policy landscape: The OfS and their aim to “promote equality of opportunity” in HE
  • The importance of data & measuring progress in ensuring targeted, value-added interventions
  • Making HEIs more inclusive environments & offering greater support to BAME students
  • Developing a whole institution approach to reducing disparities
  • Pro-active steps to reducing BAME non-continuation rates
  • Student voice: being BAME in higher education
  • Improving BAME students’ results: measures HEIs can take to address the attainment gap
  • Providing careers advice & supporting BAME students to find employment
  • Actions to ensure more BAME students enter further study

The Event:

The morning session will focus on the BAME student experience and its impact on continuation rates, including a full update from the Office for Students.

The afternoon session will looks closer at the disparities in results and destinations, offering best practice case studies to take back to your setting.

Who Should Attend?

Anyone with an interest in HE outcomes, including those working in: equality offices; student welfare/wellbeing, support, services; diversity offices; widening participation; teaching & learning; registry; & students' unions.

For registration enquiries please contact: | 0207 593 5657

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Wednesday 18th July 2018

11.00am - 3.30pm (including networking lunch)

Public Sector | 1 Place: £245 | 2+ Places: £195 each
Private Sector | 1 Place: £295 | 2+ Places: £245 each
Above prices exclude VAT

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