Esteemed academics from top UK universities to take part in ‘Black in Academia’ panel event at the University of Leicester

Posted by ew205 at Oct 25, 2017 04:35 PM |
Guests will discuss the barriers to education and the ongoing journey towards equality in Higher Education as part of Black History Month at Leicester on 26 October

An upcoming event at the University of Leicester will see some of Britain’s leading academic minds take part in a discussion on equality in Higher Education on Thursday 26 October.

The University of Leicester Students' Union and student societies have led a series of events throughout October- including exhibitions, film screenings, discussions, talks, social events and sports sessions to celebrate Black History Month.

Hosted by the University of Leicester’s BAME officer Eden Mesfun, this highlight evening event invites academics and representatives from some of the UK’s top institutions to offer their perspectives on a range of topics relating to the attainment gap across Higher Education.

The panel will explore the attainment gap across Higher Education, why it remains to this day, lived experiences, the role of liberated curricula and other mechanisms institutions can implement to eradicate the gap over time. Outcomes from this open forum will be presented to the University with action points for change.

The panel of guests will include:

  • Dr. Margaret Byron, University of Leicester
  • Dr. Patricia Daley, University of Oxford
  • Adam Elliott-Cooper, Kings College London
  • Dr Meleisa Ono-George, University of Warwick
  • Ayo Olatunji, BME officer, University College London
  • Fope Loyeale, NUS LGBT+ and Black students Campaign rep, University of Newcastle
  • Taiwo Ogunyinka, NUS Black Students' Campaign rep

Azza Abdulla, Education Officer for the University of Leicester Students’ Union, said: “This event is a very important one as it brings together the university community to discuss barriers to education and how we can work together to overcome these barriers.

“We hope that this event will empower BME students and educate the wider university community on racial inequality issues in Higher Education today. I think it’s important to have a platform whereby staff and students can have discussions on existing institutional barriers- as to solve these problems, we should have open discourse.”

The free event will take place this Thursday 26 October from 5.45 pm to 9.00 pm in Ken Edwards Lecture Theatre 1.


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