Race Equality in HE: What's it got to do with me?
The Universities of Birmingham and Nottingham held a conference: ‘Race Equality in Higher Education – what’s it got to do with me?’ in October 2017, which welcomed students, and academic and professional staff from both institutions.
Both universities have made a commitment to the Race Equality Charter, and this conference set out to help prepare for our journeys by:
- increasing organisational understanding of issues of race inequality in Higher Education
- sparking debate and conversation about the impact of these issues on staff and students at our organisations
- setting out how the Race Equality Charter can provide a framework for addressing these issues in a structured way
The conference explored research, good practice and lived experiences with speakers including:
- Tinu Cornish, from the Equality Challenge Unit, giving an overview of the current situation of race equality in HE.
- Melanie Joyner, Director of Student Services, Plymouth University to talk about the BAME student attainment gap.
- Members of BAME staff and student networks from each University, talking about their lived experiences.
- Tinu Cornish and Araria Sanusi from the Equality Challenge Unit, giving a background to the Race Equality Charter for HE and why it was introduced.
- Patrick Johnson, Head of Equality and Diversity at University of Manchester to talk about their successful application to the Race Equality Charter.