The third Advance HE BME Leadership Summit will have a focus around BME attainment in higher education. The summit will consider a wide range of aspects that impact on attainment including recruitment, transition, retention and attainment of BME students, recruitment, retention and promotion of BME staff, BME representation in leadership roles, BME pay gaps and the impact of white privilege. The issues are significant and well known but change is not happening quickly enough. The summit aims to look at, understand and encourage the expansion of some of the positive work in the sector to address these issues where real change is happening.
The full programme is currently being finalised but will consist of our keynote speaker, following by an interactive panel session and the afternoon will be a world café style considering 5 key themes in detail with an action and output focused format.
"An excellent forum for networking with others and understanding what we need to action. Above all, an understanding of where our institution is at present and where we need to go".
BME 2018 delegate.
Date: 16 May 2019
Venue: thestudio, Birmingham, UK
Who: Senior Leaders in Higher Education
Our keynote speaker is Professor Binna Kandola, Co-founder and Senior Partner at Pearn Kandola. In his recent book Racism at Work: The Danger of Indifference (2018) Binna considers how racism has mutated - There have been dramatic, positive shifts in attitudes to race over the last 60 years. Generally speaking, we are more liberal, more open and more tolerant towards minorities. Yet, despite these very positive trends, the outcomes for some minorities in particular have not changed very much at all. This is because, like a virus, prejudice has mutated. – Binna examines how race affects decisions at work from recruitment to perceptions of leaders and the complex ways in which gender and race intersect. Binna’s work is profound, provocative and highly practical and the summit aims to continue these themes throughout the day.
Binna will then be joined by a panel of speakers including Amatey Doku, Vice President (Higher Education), NUS; Professor Iyiola Solanke, Chair in EU Law and Social Justice, University of Leeds and Professor Osama Khan, Pro Vice Chancellor, Students and Teaching, Solent University.
Who Should Attend
This summit has been designed for senior leaders who are responsible for institutional and strategic change related to race equality, those who are working towards race equality within HEIs in all areas and across any activities. Alumni both in terms of past attendees and sponsors of the Advance HE Diversifying Leadership programme may also find the event of interest as will colleagues leading their institutional Race Equality Charter Mark applications.