19 July 2017

Addressing Differential Outcomes for BME Learners

19 July 2017
9.30 – 16.00
Central London (Venue tbc in booking confirmation)

NEON and OFFA are please to announce a one day event which will look at improving access, retention and success for students from BME backgrounds.

The latest analysis of entry rates by UCAS shows that there are significant differences in higher education entry rates between different ethnic groups. Retention rates are lower for almost all ethnic groups, in comparison to their white peers, and further disparities exist in the progression of BME students. Disadvantage for ethnic groups exists both into and beyond higher education but we know there are lots of examples of good practice within the HE sector. It’s vital we share this practice to find out what works and, just as importantly, what strategies have been not as successful. This is not just part of the public sector equality duty but a vital aspect of our work as the widening access community.

This one day event will look at case studies, research and best practice that are improving outcomes for BME learners.This is a key event for anybody with a remit around access, retention and student success for BME students.

Provisional Programme

Time Activity Presenter
9.30 Registration
10.00 Welcome and introduction to the day NEON
10.05 OFFA report on BME and NEON members survey Richard Shiner, Head of Evidence and Effective Practice, OFFA and Martin Webster, Operations Manager, NEON
10.50 Keynote address  Angela Nartey, Policy Officer, UCU
11.20 Break
11.40 Differential outcomes for BME learners Richard Smith, Senior Policy Advisor, Hefce
12.15 Case studies: What works in access, retention and success? University of Derby and Kingston University London
1.00 Lunch
1.45 The student experience Student panel
2.15 Break
2.25 Group discussion to highlight best practice with BME students Facilitated by the day’s presenters
3.00 Groups to feedback Facilitated by the day’s presenters
3.30 Next steps – NEON and OFFA NEON and OFFA
4.00 Close




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