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Promoting inclusive change: addressing equity and success for BME students in higher education

Greenwich Maritime Campus, Queen Anne Court, University of Greenwich, Old Royal Naval College, Park Row, Greenwich, London, SE10 9LS
4 July 2011 09:30-16:00

The University of Greenwich, in collaboration with the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and Equality Challenge Unit (ECU) have developed this conference which builds on the earlier work of the HEA and ECU including a ‘summit programme’. This programme enabled a number of higher education institutions to develop and implement initiatives designed to support Black and minority ethnic (BME) students to succeed.  Last year the results of this work were disseminated at a conference hosted by Coventry University. 

In the context of new research findings the conference seeks to promote ongoing dialogue in the sector and highlight practice-related ideas and institutional initiatives that seek to improve the performance of BME students, and contribute to the development of more inclusive institutional cultures.  While the picture is improving - the attainment gap appears to have been slowly closing since 2005/6 - there is a growing recognition that more needs to be done to promote equity and success for BME students.

Specific conference themes include:

  • policies and strategies for organisational and systemic change designed to support the achievement of BME students;
  • inclusive practice in learning, teaching and assessment to promote an equitable learning experience for BME students;
  • strategies and practice for the  better engagement and empowerment of BME students;
  • staff engagement and development to foster change in institutional cultures and individual practice;
  • challenges, cultures and connections between policy and practice to support international students and home domiciled students from a BME background.

This event will be of interest to a wide range of staff including academic and professional service staff; equality and diversity practitioners; staff and educational developers; researchers; those with an operational interest in student retention and progression; and senior managers.

Booking now open – Deadline 26 June 2011 (Early bird offer closes 27 May 2011). There is a £75 charge to attend (£50 for contributors and early bird bookings) .


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