The Office for Students (OfS) has published the video recording of its event on support for Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) students during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The event was attended virtually by over 300 people, who heard from a range of speakers including academics, policy experts and student representatives.
Chris Millward, Director for Fair Access and Participation at the OfS added:
'This was an important event that allowed careful consideration of how best to support Black, Asian and minority ethnic students during the pandemic. All of the speakers made thoughtful, challenging and important contributions, and it’s important now for these to be shared more widely so that universities and colleges can build them into their work. Now, more than ever, we must strive to tackle the persistent gaps in experience and outcomes for BAME students. Through their access and participation plans, universities and colleges have set targets which should bring about generational change, eliminating these gaps and ensuring true equality of opportunity.'
The OfS has also published a blog reflecting on the event written by OfS Senior Equality and Diversity Officer Josh Callander, and is asking higher education providers with examples of how they are supporting BAME students during the pandemic to email [email protected].