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Race Equality

Hi, I'm Ghazala Bhatti, Senior Lecturer in Education Studies: SEN and Inclusion, and the University's Diversity Champion for race. I would be interested to hear about events and information that could be promoted and presented on this webpage, as well as any issues that I could take to the Equality and Diversity Steering Group on your behalf. You can email me or phone 01225 875456.

Below are some useful links to groups both within the University and in the wider community.

BSU is actively looking to set up a Race Equality Network Group. Employee Network Groups can provide support, opportunities to socialise and input into the development of the University. If you'd like to be involved please contact Sam Goddard HR Business Partner.

If you'd like to provide feedback on a current policy, procedure or practice at BSU, or would be willing to provide feedback on any future practice, please also contact HR. If you'd prefer to make contact confidentially, then please indicate this.

Did you know?

Impact of race in university success

Study underlines persistent attainment gap

The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) has released a study of the achievements of 130,000 students from universities and colleges across England up to August 2011.

The study found that there is significant variation in degree outcome for students with different ethnicities. 72% of white students who entered higher education with A-level grades of BBB gained a first or upper second class degree. This was 56% for Asian students and 53% for Black students entering with the same A-level grades.

Role of race in university success

The HE sector has been aware of this attainment gap for some time, with sector organisations and many institutions undertaking work to investigate the causes and solutions.

ECU’s chief executive David Ruebain said:

‘Most recent figures show that the overall ethnicity attainment gap has in fact decreased for two consecutive years, but it is clear that HEIs need to fully acknowledge the issue and commit to improving support so that all students are able to achieve to their potential, whatever their ethnicity.'

The overall percentage of BSU staff who gave their ethnic origin as Black or Minority Ethnic in 2009/10 was 3.6%

According to the Equality and Human Rights Commission review, How Fair is Britain:

APPG race and community

The first oral evidence session of the all-party parliamentary group on race and community's inquiry into higher education and race took place on 28 January 2014.

The session concentrated on student access, attainment and employment and heard evidence from Professor Les Ebdon, director of the Office for Fair Access and Nicola Dandridge, chief executive of Universities UK, alongside representatives from National Union of Students and Million+.

The second session will focus on race equality for staff, and ECU will be giving evidence to the committee. ECU has also submitted written evidence to the committee.

All-party parliamentary group on race and community.

Events

Bristol BME Voice - Exploring way to engage with and support BME communities in Bristol to consider Adoption and Fostering

6 - 8 pm, 28 April 2014, 162 Pennywell Road, Bristol

Bristol BME Voice - Exploring way to engage with and support BME communities in Bristol to consider Adoption and Fostering

HERAG conference 2014: call for papers

The Higher Education Race Action Group (HERAG) will be holding their first think tank conference in London on 23 June 2014. They are looking for conference paper submissions on the theme ‘Studentship to professorship: mapping the gaps and making changes for BME staff and students’.

Studentship to professorship: call for papers

Closing date for submissions: 2 May 2014.

Take part in the work of other organisations

The University of Northampton’s one-day conference ‘Approaches to inequalities: perspectives from higher education’ will focus on ways of addressing the patterns of inequality within higher education and to share good practice.

Submissions of abstracts for conference papers, workshops and posters are invited by 2 May 2014.

Approaches to inequalities: perspectives from higher education

Further Information

Useful Publications and Links
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