Narrowing the Gap in HE: Tackling Ethnicity-Related Disparities in Access, Attainment & Outcomes (Manchester)

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Lizzie Tilley, Policy Advisor, Office for Fair Access
  • Kirsty Wadsley, Head of Widening Participation, London School of Economics
  • Beatrice Carey, Knights Park Officer Lead on Academic Affairs, Union of Kingston Students & International Representative, NUS Black Students Campaign
    Ilyas Nagdee, Black Students' Officer-Elect, NUS
  • Professor Julia Clarke, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Faculty of Business & Law, Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Dr Gurnam Singh, National Teaching Fellow & Principal Lecturer in Social Work, Coventry University (event chair)


Despite positive work being done in this area, there is still a gap in access, attainment & outcomes for BAME students. Attend this Westminster Briefing event to learn more about how the HEI sector is responding and what different institutions are doing to improve their own performance.

Attendees will hear from good practice examples in terms of what they themsleves can do to pro-actively help widen access, reduce non-continuation rates, raise educational attainment and improve further study & employment prospects for BAME students.

Key issues to be addressed:

  • A whole-institution approach to tackling ethnicity-related disparities
  • Improving access for BAME students
  • The importance of data & measuring progress
  • Identifying the reasons why BAME students are more likely to drop out & pro-active steps HEIs can take to address them
  • Making HEIs more inclusive environments, improving the BAME student experience & the role of student unions
  • Understanding why there is a attainment gap & measures HEIs can take to address it
  • The role of teaching staff in helping close the gap
  • Improving the learning environment to improve results
  • Actions to ensure more BAME students enter further study
  • Improving careers advice & supporting BAME students find employment

The event:

The issues will be divided into sessions entitled:

  • Widening Access for BAME Students
  • Reducing BAME Non-Continuation Rates
  • Improving BAME Students’ Results
  • Improving BAME Students’ Further Study & Employment Outcomes

Who should attend?

You will join a range of higher education and equality stakeholders, including colleagues working in equality offices, admissions, student services and support, students' unions, registry, teaching and pedagogy and anyone else interested or involved in this area in higher education.

For registration enquiries please contact: | 0207 593 5657

To discuss speaking opportunities and agenda content, please email:

Thursday 15th June 2017

11.00am - 3.45pm (including networking lunch)

The Studio Venues, The Hive, 51 Lever Street, Manchester, M1 1FN

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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