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Promoting Inclusive Change: addressing equity and success for BME students in higher education

Date posted: 11/03/2011

Greenwich Maritime Campus, University of Greenwich, London
4 July 2011

Deadline for contributions: Friday, 6 May 2011

The University of Greenwich, the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and Equality Challenge Unit (ECU) are currently calling for contributions to address the conference themes and invite abstracts for 30 and 60 minute sessions.  
Following publication of the recommendations of the Ethnicity Gender and Degree Attainment Project (Jan 2008), the Academy and Equality Challenge Unit has been engaged in the delivery of a joint programme of activities to support the sector in addressing the project findings. This one day conference provides an opportunity for colleagues to engage with the emerging body of research about the BME student experience and with initiatives that offer pointers for making in-roads into reducing the BME attainment gap. This will include the work of institutions taking part in the 2009/10 HEA/ECU developmental summit programme to improve the degree attainment of BME students.


  • Policies and strategies for organisational and systemic change designed to support the achievement of BME students
  • inclusive practice in learning, teaching and assessment to promote an equitable learning experience for BME students
  • strategies and practice for the better engagement and empowerment of BME students
  • staff engagement and development to foster change in institutional cultures and individual practice
  • challenges, cultures and connections between policy and practice to support international students and home domiciled students from a BME background

The event will bring researchers, practitioners, policy makers, managers and students together to share and discuss practice; generate ideas for new research; disseminate action orientated institutional research and development initiatives; and continue the sector dialogue around this important agenda.

For details of the call and how to submit on-line please see the call for papers webpage