AccessHE’s newly established BAME Forum met for the second time on 15 June, bringing together staff and students from a number of different member institutions to discuss how best to support the progression and success of London students from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds.
Attendees were welcomed by the new forum chair – Amy York, Senior Access Officer at UCL – and encouraged to establish the forum’s main themes and deliverables for the coming year. The forum has chosen to focus on retention, attainment and changing mindsets and will be exploring the creation of a pan-London and student-led BAME group to support the delivery of projects aiming to tackle issues within these areas.
The forum also discussed results from the recent HEPI/HEA Student Academic Experience Survey which highlighted the often poorer experiences reported by BAME students at UK universities, and listened to an account from a current student at the Royal Veterinary College who kindly spoke about their own personal experiences of school, work experience and progression to university.
The next BAME Forum meeting is scheduled for late September. For further information about AccessHE’s forums and groups, please contact Sam Turner, London Programmes Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.