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Social Mobility and the Black Student Experience

In conversation with…. Professor Stuart Croft (Vice Chancellor University of Warwick), Amatey Doku (Vice President NUS), Larissa Kennedy (Sabbatical Officer Education, Warwick SU) and Dr Meleisa Ono-George (Director of Student Experience, Department of History)
Thursday, 22 November 2018
Lecture starts at 6.30pm, ends 8pm
The Oculus Building, Lecture Theatre OCO.03

A public conversation hosted by the Director of the Warwick International Higher Education Academy, Professor Gwen van der Velden and Liam Jackson, President of Warwick SU.

The guests will respond to questions regarding the role of universities in enhancing social mobility, noting there remains a considerable attainment gap for black students across the sector.

Within the sector we find it hard to discuss ethnicity and race, and yet attainment outcomes for black students –and specific other groups- and the well documented accounts of students themselves, give us good reason to do so. Baroness Valerie Amos (Director of SOAS) who leads a collaborative UUK and NUS initiative on tackling the attainment gap, has reported that whilst 50% more black students have entered universities between 2007 and 2014, only half of these students achieve a 2:1 or first. For white students this is more than three quarters (June 2018). Simultaneously, in several universities students have taken the lead themselves and called for the academic community to ‘liberate the curriculum’. Most universities have also been working towards more inclusive curricula and a more inclusive student learning experience. The influential Teaching Excellence Framework and the Office for Students are increasing pressure on institutions to achieve success for all students equally and holds institutions to account for this. So why is the rate of change so slow despite such attention and new accountability? Or are we accelerating? What does the attainment gap mean for graduates’ future place in society and what can universities be expected to achieve? What are the structural obstacles for student success and where does an explicit ethos come into the debate?

These and more questions will be posed to the conversation guest, providing an opportunity for challenging debate with time for audience questions at the end.

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Stuart Croft

Professor Stuart Croft

Amatey Doku

Amatey Doku

Larissa Kennedy

Larissa Kennedy

Meleisa Ono-George

Dr Meleisa Ono-George