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Tackling Racial Inequalities in Higher Education (Rescheduled from May)

14th October 2021 @ 6:15 pm 7:30 pm

Tackling racial inequalities in higher education

About the October Forum

Presented by: Dr Anil Awesti

Various reports on student attainment and experience in Higher Education (HE) have shown a clear and substantial difference in the attainment, progression and overall experience of students who identify as Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) compared to those who identify as White.

There is now wide acceptance across research that the disparity in outcome and experience is the direct result of practices and processes within the University itself that disadvantage specific communities of BAME students. One specific area of concern has been the way teaching practice, content and environment contributes negatively to BAME student experience and attainment.

In this session, Dr Anil Awesti will analyse the reasons for the BAME attainment/awarding and experience gaps and, reflecting on his own research and practice in this area, how institutional racism in HE can be tackled.

About the Presenter

Anil Awesti is Senior Teaching Fellow, Centre for Lifelong Learning at the University of Warwick. His research interests are in Widening Participation to Higher Education, in particular issues of access, participation, retention, and progression of students from ‘non-traditional’ backgrounds in universities.

Read more about Dr Anil Awesti on the University of Warwick website.

About Vaughan Open Research Forum

Vaughan Open Research Forum is series of talks, workshops and interactive sessions which are open to anyone who is curious and wants to find out more.

Themes for sessions relate to our core teaching topics, arts, humanities, social sciences and counselling, and also discuss adult education and co-operative issues. The Vaughan Open Research Forums take place on the second Thursday of the month.


Due to social distancing measures, this session will take place via video conference. Please register below.

The Zoom meeting will open at 6pm. The Forum will start at 6.15pm and finish at 7:30 pm. Details will be sent on the day via Eventbrite to people who have registered. 

Tackling Racial Inequalities in Higher Education (Rescheduled from May)

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