Improving BAME Student Outcomes: Access, Success & Progression


  • Sarah Flynn, Associate Director, Learning and Teaching Innovation Centre, University of Hertfordshire
  • Ilyas Nagdee, Black Students Officer, NUS 
  • Alexandra Banks, Deputy Head of Student Experience (Achievement), Southampton Solent University
  • Pamela Pourzanjani, Senior Lecturer, School of Sport, Health and Social Sciences, Southampton Solent University
  • Syreeta Allen, Head of Student Outcomes, King's College London 
  • Alex Prestage, Diversity & Inclusion Manager, King's College London
  • Chris Hall, Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, DeMontfort University
  • Gurvinder Aujla-Sidhu, 'Fair Outcome Champion', Deputy Head Leicester Media, Film and Journalism School
  • Robiu Salisu, BAME Student Inclusion Officer, University of Bristol


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 20 June for an up to date brief on improving BAME student outcomes. We will examine what more HEIs can do target their access activities towards underrepresented groups and interventions they can make to support BAME student retention, success, and progression.

Key issues to be covered include:

•    How OfS promote access, success and progress for disadvantaged groups
•    Access & Participation Plans, data, and targets
•    Identifying specific underrepresented groups & targeting access activities towards them
•    Improving understanding & awareness and training staff to be able to deliver better support
•    Collaborating with BAME students to understand their experiences and develop interventions
•    Placements, work experience and internship programmes
•    Proactive actions to promote further study

The event will be divides into sessions entitled:

1.    Regulatory Context
2.    Access: Supporting BAME Students into HE
3.    Retention & Success: Improving BAME Students' Results
4.    Progression: Supporting BAME Students into Further Study & Employment

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:

Morning refreshments will be served upon arrival with a networking lunch to follow. Any special needs or dietary requirements should be notified to us upon booking.

The event is CPD certified, and a certificate is available confirming your attendance.

For registration enquiries please contact: | 0207 593 5657

To discuss event sponsorship, speaking opportunities and agenda content, please email:

Thursday 20th June 2019

11.00am - 3.45pm (including networking lunch)

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

Public Sector & Not for Profit | 1 Place: £255 | 2+ Places: £205 each

Prices above exclude VAT

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