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BAME Forum

This Action Forum provides a consultative assembly for those staff from AccessHE Member HEIs working to support progression into and through HE for those from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds. For more information or to join the mailing list for this group, please contact us.


Chair: Shanade Johnson, Employer Engagement Consultant, Kingston University.
Co-Chair (Partnerships): Obi Oputa, Careers Consultant, St. Mary’s University.
Co-Chair (Policy): Jack Kilker, Student Equality and Diversity Officer, City, University of London.


  • To jointly deliver activities or initiatives that address the three common themes agreed to address by the Forum. These are:
    • Changing Mindsets
    • Retention
    • Attainment
  • To maximise opportunities for collaboration, partnerships, networking and information sharing.

Pre 2018-19

In 2017-18, the Forum launched the Students of Colour project, a social media campaign highlighting personal stories of students of colour in London. The end of 2018-19 saw the closing of the Students of Colour Project. The Forum also shared good practice on work to support retention and success for BAME learners, learnt about race incident reporting among HE staff and students on campus and welcomed external speakers to discuss issues of race and ethnicity within inclusive teaching, curriculum diversification, widening participation and progression to graduate employment.

2019-20 and beyond

This year, our focus will be on the retention and employability of BAME students. Again, we will be sharing best practice and welcoming external speakers from charity organisations and professional bodies to better understand how they are supporting BAME students. We will also be hosting a series of events across the year – more details will be made available as and when.

2019-20 meetings

Nov 2019

Jan 2020

Feb 2020

Mar 2020

Apr 2020

Jun 2020