Improving BAME Outcomes in Further and Higher Education

Students from minority ethnic backgrounds often have a different experience of education from their peers. At this event, we will examine what actions institutions can take to shape how BAME students access and engage with education, overall creating positive experiences, improving attainment and positive outcomes.

The context

In March 2016, the Scottish Government released the Race Equality Framework for Scotland 2016-2030, which had at its heart a vision where ‘everyone has the opportunity to learn in an inclusive environment without disadvantage in relation to racial inequality or racism’. With students from BAME backgrounds often exceeding the attainment and completion rates of their non-BAME peers, intake and positive destinations continue to be notably behind – so what is keeping the Scottish education sector from being a diversity success story?

The event

Join Holyrood as we examine the key barriers and challenges to improving BAME outcomes in further and higher education. We will consider what more can be done to tackle ethnicity-related disparities in access and outcomes - challenging our shortcomings and building on successes.

Key issues to be addressed

  • A whole-institution approach to tackling ethnicity-related disparities in access and positive destinations
  • The importance of data and measuring progress
  • Pro-active steps to address the reasons why BAME students are underrepresented
  • Making institutions more inclusive environments, offering greater support and improving the BAME student experience
  • The role of teaching staff in improving results
  • Improving the learning environment to deliver change
  • Actions to ensure more BAME students enter further study
  • Providing careers advice and supporting BAME students to find employment

Agenda*

9:15 Registration and Refreshments

9:55 Welcome and Introduction from the Chair

Kate Connor, Kate Connor Consultancy

10:00 Session 1: Developing a Whole Institution Approach

  • A whole-institution approach to tackling ethnicity-related disparities
  • The importance of data and measuring progress
  • The role of senior leadership

10:00 Understanding Minority Ethnic Achievement in Further and Higher Education 

  • Placing minority ethnic achievement in context
  • Exploring the role of factors such as race, gender and class in attainment and employment
  • What would a whole-institution approach look like in tackling disadvantages for BAME

Dr Daniela Sime, Reader in Education and Social Policy, School of Social Work & Social Policy, University of Strathclyde

10:20 Embedding Race Equality in the Curriculum - a case study

Andrea Cameron, Head of School of Social & Health Sciences and James Nicholson, Head of Student Services, Abertay University

10:40 Questions and Discussion

11:00 Refreshment Break

11:30 Session 2: Inclusion and Access

  • Pro-active steps to address the reasons why BAME students are underrepresented
  • Actions to ensure more BAME students enter further and higher education – from the recruitment process to culture change
  • Making institutions more inclusive environments, offering greater support and improving the BAME student experience

11:30 Khadija Mohammed, Chair, Scottish Association of Minority Ethnic Educators (SAMEE) and Member, STUC Black Worker's Committee

12:00 Being BAME in Higher Education

  • Focusing on BAME student experiences, and how we believe the university experience could be improved

Yusuf Ashraf, BAME Officer, Heriot-Watt University Student's Union

12:30 Questions and Discussion

12:50 Lunch and Networking

13:30 Session 3: Improving Outcomes and Supporting Positive Destinations

  • Improving BAME student’s employment outcomes
  • The role of teaching staff in improving results
  • Providing careers advice and supporting BAME students to find employment
  • Improving support in the learning environment to deliver change

13:30 Yasmeen Hussain, Education Enhancement Team - School of Engineering and Computing, and Tom Caira, Senior Lecturer - School of Engineering and Computing, University of the West of Scotland

14:00 Influence Of Industry-Integrated Learning In Preparing BME Graduates For The World Of Work 

Dr Ollie Folayan, Chairman, Association for Black and Minority Ethnic Engineers Scotland (AFBE-UK Scotland)

14:30 Questions and Discussion

14:55 Chair’s Closing Remarks

15:00 Close of Event

*Agenda subject to change

Venue

COSLA, Verity House, 19 Haymarket Yards, Edinburgh | Map

Costs

Delegate rates (excluding VAT):

  • Discounted rate: 1 place £145 + VAT (Voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m)
  • Reduced rate: 1 place £245 + VAT | 2+ places £195 + VAT (Central government departments and agencies, local authorities, universities, colleges, NHS, police, professional associations and voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income over £1m)
  • Full rate: 1 place £295 + VAT | 2+ places £245 + VAT (Commercial organisations e.g. plc, Ltd, LLP)

For more information please email enquiries@holyrood.com or phone 0131 285 1635

Dates
30 January 2018
Location
Edinburgh
United Kingdom

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