Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH)
Department of Education, Childhood and Inclusion (DECI)
Using graduate intern researchers, the aim of the project was to establish common understanding of BAME concerns, enable open discussion and implement measures to positively inform the Course Improvement Plans (CIPs). This included opening up discussion with known BAME student communication channels; further developing discussion with ECI students to identify specific issues/challenges/support needs; developing intelligence to inform departmental actions. The overall aim is to enhance student perceptions of belonging and togetherness. As a result of this project, the department established recommendations they believed were needed to enable not just BAME students but all students’ success at university.
Highlighted below are the priorities at a course and departmental level. These were:
- Decolonising curriculum: More work is required from academics to research scholars and introduce diverse text.
- Representation: Recruitment of more positive role models and opportunities to showcase this such as guest speakers of BAME backgrounds)
- Training: More cultural awareness, staff training on unconscious bias, institutional racism and acknowledgement of privilege/positionalities and how this impacts students.
- Promotion: A greater emphasis on promotion of opportunities within the department such as scholarships and bursaries and graduate internships.
- Changes: Early and timely dissemination of changes to course structures and assessments; more consideration around student experience and their feedback in regard to modules being in different rooms every week.
- Placement s: Continue to offer a variety of placements such as those in a non-education based setting
- Recruitment: More BAME representation in staff diversity whether this is academics or student support services
- Research: Open forums where non-BAME and BAME students can discuss issues, speak freely and as a result improve cross-racial interaction.
- Undergraduate to postgraduate progression: More workshops around confidence, readiness and promotion of master’s and PhDs
- Commuter student experience: There are a large number of commuter students within our department and we need to reconsider our view of the traditional student experience and rethink what we offer to our students.
The articulation of actions using CIPs is replicable across all courses. The initiatives identified in the CIPs provide an accessible means to communicate innovations.
For further information contact the project lead John Wrigglesworth firstname.lastname@example.org