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BAME Leadership in Higher Education Summit 2019: Highlights

The BAME Leadership Summit aims to empower agents of change and key decision makers in higher education to take action within their institution and advance the race equality agenda.

The third Advance HE BAME Leadership Summit will have a focus around BAME attainment in higher education. The summit will consider a wide range of aspects that impact on attainment including recruitment, transition, retention and attainment of BAME students, recruitment, retention and promotion of BAME staff, BAME representation in leadership roles, BAME 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 now finalised and consists of our keynote speaker Professor Binna Kandola, 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".

BAME 2018 delegate. 

Date: 16 May 2019
Venue: thestudio, Birmingham, UK
Who: Senior Leaders in Higher Education

Keynote Speaker

Professor Binna Kandola OBE

Professor Binna Kandola is Senior Partner at Pearn Kandola. He is acknowledged as an expert in the topic of unconscious bias having been researching and writing about the topic for nearly 15 years. He has written extensively about bias and most recently published Racism at Work: The Danger of Indifference.

His work challenges orthodox thinking in the field of diversity and inclusion. He is invited to speak at conferences regularly most recently to speak at the Biased Science event at the Royal Institution.

He has worked with senior leadership teams in many organisations including Citigroup, AXA, Rio Tinto, UBS, Cabinet Office, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.

Panel Discussion

Binna will then be joined by a panel of speakers including Jannett Morgan, Consultant, Professor Iyiola Solanke, Chair in EU Law and Social Justice, University of Leeds, Professor Osama Khan, Pro Vice Chancellor, Students and Teaching, Solent University, Alison Johns, Chief Executive, Advance HE and Susannah Hume, Director (Establishment Phase), Evidence and Impact Exchange.


Jannett Morgan

Jannett is currently Associate Programme Director for Diversifying Leadership, the Advance HE programme for Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) early career academic and professional services employees, and is co-author of the Sponsor Toolkit.

Jannett Morgan is a teacher, trainer, consultant and coach with over twenty years’ experience working in further and higher education, and more recently as a leadership and management training solutions provider and consultant for a range of organisations in the UK and overseas. Jannett’s unwavering focus is on the empowerment and promotion of talented individuals from marginalised and under-represented groups.  


Iyiola Solanke

Iyiola Solanke is a Professor in Law at the School of Law, University of Leeds, where she is the Chair in EU Law and Social Justice. 

Her research and teaching focuses on EU Law, Anti-Discrimination law and Alternative Dispute Resolution. She is the author of 4 books, most recently Discrimination As Stigma (2017), where she puts forward a new paradigm for anti-discrimination law that focuses on discrimination as a virus. The book creates an anti-stigma principle and argues that a public health approach to tackling discrimination would be an effective method to defeat enduring inequality.


Osama Khan

Osama Khan is Pro Vice-Chancellor, Students and Teaching, at Solent University Southampton. While Osama began his business career as a corporate banker, he began his academic career in Dhaka, Bangladesh and moved to this country to complete his MPhil. Before joining Solent, Osama worked as the Director of Undergraduate Studies for Surrey Business School, the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management and Surrey International Institute in China within the University of Surrey.  He has also taught at the University of Cambridge, Copenhagen Business School, HEC Paris and the University of Hong Kong.

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Alison Johns

Alison was appointed chief executive of Advance HE in autumn 2017. Prior to that she was the chief executive of the Leadership Foundation. She has worked in higher education for 25 years. Before becoming chief executive, she was head of policy for leadership, governance and management at the Hefce (now the Office for Students), where she established both the Leadership Foundation and the Equality Challenge Unit. She is a past president of the Association of University Administrators (AUA) and represents the UK on the Association of Commonwealth Universities Human Resources Management Network and has recently joined the British Council’s planning committee for Going Global, the major international higher education conference. 


Susannah Hume

Susannah Hume is Director of the Establishment Phase of the Centre for Transforming Access and Student Outcomes (formerly the EIX) and Associate Director for What Works at King’s College London. Susannah has been involved in running over thirty research projects, including more than ten in higher education access and retention, covering a range of different methodologies and topics such as belonging, career choice and parental support. 


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.

Conference Programme

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BAME Leadership Summit Programme