Westminster Higher Education Forum

Priorities for tackling racial harassment and improving the BAME experience in higher education

Morning, Wednesday, 27th November 2019

Royal Over-Seas League, Over-Seas House, Park Place, St James’s Street, London SW1A 1LR

THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED



This conference focuses on tackling racial harassment and improving the BAME experience in higher education.


It will be an opportunity to discuss the recently published findings of the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s inquiry into racial harassment in higher education, which considered the current state of equality in UK HE, the nature of harassment experienced by students and how universities manage complaints.


The agenda and keynote speakers


Keynote contributions on:


  • Understanding the nature of racial harassment in HE - with Christina Barnes, Senior Principal, Inquiries and Intelligence, Equality and Human Rights Commission;
  • Reviewing student complaints - and common issues encountered by students and institutions - with Christine Child, Adjudication Manager, Office of the Independent Adjudicator; and

Further sessions focus on:


  • Racial equality in higher education - identifying barriers to equality, improving student experience and closing the attainment gap:
    • Understanding the support needs of ethnic minority students - with Fope Olaleye, Black Students’ Officer, NUS;
    • Developing an inclusive curriculum - with Professor Trish Reid, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education), Kingston University London;
    • Providing culturally competent support services - with Géraldine Dufour, Head of Counselling, University of Cambridge and former Chair, Universities & Colleges, BACP; and
    • Representative university leadership - career progression and the experience of ethnic minority staff - with Professor Deborah Johnston, Pro-Director, Teaching and Learning, SOAS University of London.

Panel sessions include:


  • Reporting harassment and seeking redress; and
  • Navigating between free speech and hate speech, managing behaviour off-campus and monitoring social media.


Keynote Speaker

Christina Barnes

Senior Principal, Inquiries and Intelligence, Equality and Human Rights Commission

Keynote Speakers

Christine Child

Adjudication Manager, Office of the Independent Adjudicator

Christina Barnes

Senior Principal, Inquiries and Intelligence, Equality and Human Rights Commission

Chairs

Lord Sheikh

Vice-Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group for Race and Community

Rt Hon David Lammy

former Minister, Higher Education and Intellectual Property, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (subject to Parliamentary business)

Speakers

Esther Offenberg

President, Union of Jewish Students

Professor Deborah Johnston

Pro-Director, Teaching and Learning, SOAS University of London

Professor Trish Reid

Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching), Kingston University London

Géraldine Dufour

Head of Counselling, University of Cambridge and former Chair, Universities & Colleges, BACP

Fope Olaleye

Black Students’ Officer, NUS

Mhairi Underwood

Head of Community, The Student Room Group

Helen Reade

Assistant University Secretary (Adjudication), University of Bedfordshire

Homa Wilson

Partner, Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors

Georgina Calvert-Lee

Head of UK Practice and Senior Counsel, McAllister Olivarius

Dr Zainab Khan

Associate Pro Vice Chancellor, Student Attainment, Equity and Inclusion, London Metropolitan University