Narrowing the Gap in HE Outcomes: Tackling Ethnicity-Related Disparities in Retention, Attainment & Outcomes

Confirmed Speakers Include:

  • Kirsty Johnson, Higher Education Policy Adviser, HEFCE
  • Helen Hathaway, Project Manager – Student Experience, University of Derby
  • Kanja Sesay, Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Adviser (Students), Oxford Brookes University & Member, Higher Education Race Action Group
  • Dr Sammy Li, Equality & Diversity Advisor for Students, University of Birmingham
  • Nathan Ghann, Student Transformation Lead, Hertfordshire Business School
  • Helen Smith, Head of Careers, Employability & Employer Engagement, Loughborough University and AGCAS Director for Social Mobility
  • Beatrice Carey, Senior Curriculum Consultant, Equality, Diversity, & Inclusion, Kingston University
  • Dr Gurnam Singh, National Teaching Fellow & Principal Lecturer in Social Work, Coventry University (event chair)


HESA statistics show that number of UK-domiciled BAME students starting full-time first degrees in 2015-16 increased by 9.1% compared with the previous year, a 34% total increase since 2010-11. While this is a positive development to be celebrated, differences in outcomes once BAME students are in higher education remain stark. Non-continuation rates are higher and black students are 6-28% less likely than white students to achieve a first or upper second class degree.

Join Westminster Briefing in December for an up to date brief on improving BAME outcomes in higher education. We will examine what more can be done to tackle ethnicity-related disparities in retention, attainment & outcomes and learn from actions leading institutions are already taking.

Key Issues to be Addressed Include:

  • A whole-institution approach to tackling ethnicity-related disparities
  • The importance of data & measuring progress
  • Pro-active steps to address reasons why BAME students are more likely to drop out
  • Making universities more inclusive environments, offering greater support & improving the BAME student experience
  • Measures HEIs can take to address the attainment gap
  • The role of teaching staff in improving results
  • Improving the learning environment to deliver change
  • Actions to ensure more BAME students enter further study
  • Providing careers advice & supporting BAME students to find employment

The Event:

The morning sessions will focus on developing a whole institution approach to tackling ethnicity-related disparities & reducing BAME non-continuation rates.

The afternoon sessions will examine improving BAME students’ results, further study & employment outcomes.

Who Should Attend?

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

For registration enquiries please contact: |
0207 593 5657

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

Thursday 14th December 2017

11.00am - 3.45pm (including networking lunch)

Etc Venues Victoria, One Drummond Gate, Victoria, London, SW1V 2QQ

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

Background Quote

“Controlling for entry qualifications, black students are between six and 28 percentage points less likely than white students to get a higher classification degree, while Asian students are between three and 17 percentage points less likely. The differences exist at all levels of entry qualifications, so are even apparent among students who enter higher education with very high prior attainment.”

- HEFCE student characteristics website

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