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

November 2021

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***
This conference focuses on next steps for tackling racial discrimination in higher education, looking at priorities for developing university-wide strategies for addressing harassment.

The discussion will draw on the UUK Tackling racial harassment in higher education report, assessing progress and the way forward for implementing its recommendations. Delegates will also look at next steps for the Race Equality Charter developed by Advance HE and how its impact can be developed and improved, with a keynote address from Arun Verma, Head of the Race Equality Charter, Advance HE.

We are also pleased to be able to include a keynote contribution on the UUK report and priorities going forward from Sandra Kerr, Race Director, Business in the Community; and Independent Expert Advisor to Universities UK; and Nona McDuff, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Students and Teaching, Solent University; and Member, Universities UK Advisory Group to tackle racial harassment in Higher Education.

Overall, the agenda is structured to bring out latest thinking on steps higher education institutions can take to:

  • create a welcoming and cohesive campus culture
  • improve understanding of racial harassment amongst staff and students
  • ensure that effective procedures are in place to tackle racial harassment
  • move forward in developing diverse and inclusive curricula
  • measure the impact on student outcomes and act on evidence

Delegates will also learn from best practice in supporting students and staff from ethnic minority backgrounds, including:

  • employment prospects - with Sabrina Starke, University Partnership Manager, Absolute Internship
    • looking particularly at opportunities to network with employers as well as other ways to improve future employment prospects and increase graduate earnings 
  • COVID-19 - with Nina Freedman, President, Union of Jewish Students
    • considering the impact of COVID-19 on cases of racial harassment across UK HEIs
  • student and staff wellbeing - with David Woodger, Programme Convenor, Goldsmiths University of London
    • looking at how to foster wellbeing and support for both staff and students alike 
  • the US experience - with Professor Lionel de Souza, Management and Technology, UniversitiGoGlobal
    • on dealing with racial harassment within HEIs and considering the role of the law in promoting equal opportunity


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; the Home Office; and the Welsh Government. Also due to attend are representatives from Bevan Brittan; Durham University; Equality and Human Rights Commission; Middlesex University; Mills & Reeve; Poverty Alleviation Scholarships Foundation; University of Derby; University of Lincoln; University of Liverpool; University of Portsmouth; University of the Arts London; University of the West of Scotland; and UWE Bristol.

Press passes have been reserved by representatives from Bonhill Group and University Business.

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 are 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

This pack includes

  • Dropbox video recording of the conference
  • PDF transcript of the discussion, including all speaker remarks and Q&A
  • PDFs of speakers' slide material (subject to permission)
  • PDFs of the delegate pack, including speaker biographies and attendee list
  • PDFs of delegate articles