Addressing Differential Outcomes for BME Learners Meeting

NEON Working Groups

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    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The meeting provides the Working Group a space for addressing the challenges of establishing better outcomes for BME learners in Higher Education, and will be exploring innovative approaches to developing good practice in this area by way of practical discussions, research/case study analysis, and peer support.

This working group is organised by the University of Kingston.

The meeting will be held online on Thursday 29th October from 2pm to 4pm.

Please register to receive the log in details and to be able to access the meeting.


What does Racial Equality in HE Look like in Practice?: White Allyship training, Race Equality Charter Mark and Covid-19.


2.00-2.10 Welcome and Introductions (Karen Lipsedge, Kingston University, Chair)

2.10-2.25: Dr Gurnam Singh, Coventry University
Title ‘Decolonising pedagogical space in an age of disruption’.
Summary: This presentation will explore how general conceptions of decolonising the university can be applied to the specific pedagogical spaces in which learning and education take place. With the dramatic shift towards online learning caused by the COVID 19 pandemic, the presentation will utilise the notion of disruption to identify opportunities and risks this presents in the battle to eliminate differential outcomes for BAME Students.

2.25-2.40 Joanna MacDonnell, University of Brighton
Title: White Allyship; being an effective ally for people of colour
Summary: In this presentation Jo will reflect on her own experience of being a White Ally, particularly in an Higher Education context, and consider the difference between being an effective White Ally and being a White Saviour.  The presentation will also consider the wealth of training and resources available to support attendees wherever they are on their own journeys to White Allyship and enable attendees to think about how they can make a difference regardless of their role and remit within their institutions.

2.40-2.55 Professor Bhavik Patel, University of Brighton
Title: Race Equality Charter: Benefits and challenges of leveraging its full value.
Summary: This presentation will focus on how far we have come along since the launch of the race equality charter. Emphasis will be given on the potential benefits of engaging with the race equality charter and some of the challenges you may face when engaging with the application process. Additionally, this presentation will also focus the challenges that may occur when trying to leverage its full value to the BAME academic community when an award is received.

3.00-3.10 Break

3.10-3.25 Breakout groups

In view of the limited time for these discussions, please can each breakout group focus on one of the topics covered by our three presenters. Regardless of the topic you choose, please discuss, and make notes in response to the following questions. Please also select one member of your group to feedback key points covered in your discussions

  • What do you think are the key points that came out of the selected presentation?
  • Share examples of good practice and the challenges and/or barriers to following the model proposed by the presenter at your HEIs. For instance, if your focus topic is white allyship training, members of your group should share examples of good practice if their HEI is undertaking similar training. You should also discuss any challenges and/or barriers to setting up this type of training, such as lack of leadership buy-in, staff resistance, insufficient resources for internal and/or external training providers.
  • Any questions you may have for the presenter about the presentation and/or topic.

 3.25-3.55pm: Feedback and Q&A

 3.55-4pm: AOB and next meeting