Improving BAME Student Outcomes: Access, Progression & Retention

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Naureen Abubacker, Project Manager, Civic Leadership Academy at King's College London (Chair)
  • Prof. Deborah Johnston, Pro-Director (Learning and Teaching), SOAS
  • Gurvinder Aujla-Sidhu, Senior Lecturer & Associate Head of Leicester Media School
  • Kaye Towlson, Academic Team Manager for Library & Learning Services at DMU
  • Robiu Salisu, Student Inclusion Officer (BAME), University of Bristol
  • Alex Mormoris, Researcher / Equality and Diversity Officer for Students, Student Services, University of Birmingham
  • Maxine Thomas-Asante, Sabbatical officer, SOAS Student Union
  • Sarah Flynn, Associate Director, Learning and Teaching Innovation Centre, University of Hertfordshire
  • Danecia Barrett, BAME Student Advocate, University of Hertfordshire


Ethnicity-related disparities in UK student outcomes persist. Headline figures showing a proportional rise in UK-domiciled BAME students starting first degrees are to be welcomed but should not mask remaining disparities in access for specific minority ethnic groups.

Additionally, while regulated HEIs will have Access & Participation Plans in place from 2019-2020 (replacing current Access Agreements), recent OfS-commissioned research into ethnicity targeting found that “targeting is largely focussed on outreach and access interventions. Targeted interventions in relation to retention and success are few and those related to progression almost non-existent”.

Join Westminster Briefing on Tuesday 5th November for an up to date brief on improving BAME student outcomes. We will examine culturally competent support services and curricula, hearing highlights of good practice and clear practical steps for universities to take to improve outcomes for BAME students in four key areas:

  • The transition
  • Retention
  • Success/Attainment
  • Progression and employability

Key issues to be covered include:

  • Identifying specific underrepresented groups & targeting support towards them
  • Culturally competent curricula and inclusive student services
  • Training staff to improve understanding & awareness
  • Collaborating with BAME students to understand their experiences and develop interventions
  • Placements, work experience and internship programmes
  • Proactive actions to promote further study
  • Exploring conversations about race study

Who Should Attend?

Anyone with an interest in improving BAME student outcomes, including: access, participation & outreach teams; equality & diversity offices; student welfare/wellbeing/support teams; teaching & learning; careers advice & guidance; & students' unions.

Further information:

Our events are CPD certified. This event is equivalent to 3 CPD points.
A certificate is available on request post-event to all attendees.

Please note that all speakers and the agenda are subject to change without notice.

For registration enquiries please contact: | 0207 593 5657

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Tuesday 5th November 2019

11:00am - 3:30pm (including networking lunch)


Private Sector | 1 Place: £345 | 2+ Places: £295 each


Public Sector | 1 Place: £255 | 2+ Places: £205 each


Above prices exclude VAT


If you require a booking form, please contact | 0207 593 5657

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