Westminster Higher Education Forum

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Addressing racial discrimination in higher education - the UUK report, preventing racial harassment, and next steps for the Race Equality Charter

Morning, Monday, 1st November 2021

***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***

This conference will be an opportunity to discuss the recommendations from the recent UUK report - Tackling racial harassment in higher education - as well as wider themes surrounding racial discrimination in higher education.

We are pleased to be able to include a keynote contribution on the report and priorities going forward from Nona McDuff, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Students and Teaching, Solent University and Member, Universities UK Advisory Group to tackle racial harassment in Higher Education.

Delegates will also consider priorities for developing university-wide strategies for addressing racial harassment, implementing a university culture that actively opposes racial harassment, and addressing the ethnic attainment gap, as well as considerations around the progression of ethnic minority students into the workforce as well as future HE qualifications and study.

The agenda is structured to bring out latest thinking on:

  • priorities for addressing racism in higher education and progress since the report
  • strategies for preventing racial harassment
  • cultural aspects of addressing racism in higher education
  • case studies and perspectives on improving support for ethnic minorities:
    • access, attendance and retention, and improving representation in higher-tariff universities
    • future prospects - earning after graduation and supporting career networking entrepreneurship
    • fostering wellbeing and community, and the impact of racism on physical and mental health
  • next steps for the Race Equality Charter and improving its impact


Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders. Places have been reserved by parliamentary pass-holders from the House of Commons and officials from the Department for Education. Also due to attend are representatives from Bevan Brittan; Durham University; Middlesex University; Mills & Reeve; Poverty Alleviation Scholarships Foundation; University of Lincoln; University of Portsmouth; and University of the Arts London.

A press pass has been reserved by a representative from University Business.

Overall, we expect speakers and attendees to be a senior and informed group including Members of both Houses of Parliament, senior government and regulatory officials involved in this area of policy, together with other stakeholders from across the higher education sector, including university leaders, lecturers and lecturer groups, programme administrators, students and student unions, skills and training platforms, scientific and technical bodies, trade and professional groups, academic researchers, as well as reporters from the national and specialist media.

This is a full-scale conference taking place online***

  • full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording and transcript to refer back to
  • information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
  • conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
  • speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using the Cisco WebEx professional online conference platform (easy for delegates - we’ll provide full details)
  • opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
  • a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials, is made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
  • delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
  • networking too - there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact - we’ll tell you how!

Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference

Keynote Speaker

Nona McDuff

Pro Vice-Chancellor, Students and Teaching, Solent University and Member, Universities UK Advisory Group to tackle racial harassment in Higher Education


Matt Western MP

Shadow Minister (Education)


Professor Randall Whittaker

Pro-Vice-Chancellor Academic, Leeds Arts University

Professor James Sloam

Professor of Politics (School of Law and Social Sciences), Royal Holloway (University of London)

Professor Lionel de Souza

Management and Technology, UniversitiGoGlobal

Professor Frances Corner

Warden, Goldsmiths University of London

Julian Sladdin

Partner, Pinsent Masons

Dr Solomon Zewolde

Academic, UCL Institute of Education, University College London

Osaro Otobo

Deputy Chair, British Youth Council

Sabrina Starke

University Partnership Manager, Absolute Internship

Sofia Akel

Race Equity Lead, Centre for Equity and Inclusion, London Metropolitan University