Thursday 2 February 2017
The 'BME success and belonging in QMUL and beyond' long table event organised by Dushant Patel (third-year SED student), Nadia Hafedh (third-year SPIR student) in collaboration with Dr Daniel Hartley, researcher in the Engagement, Retention and Success team, and and Dr Elyssa Livergant, lecturer in the School of English and Drama, took place on Thursday 26 January. More than 30 students and staff attended and this proved to be a successful evening where views were expressed freely and respectively.
There were two parts to the evening: the first part was the long table where attendees could voice their opinions on the topic of BME success and belonging in QMUL. Many expressed their concerns about the curriculum, reading lists, lack of representation of BME staff within QMUL academics and feeling sometimes estranged from their peers because of their ethnic background. The second part organised in mixed groups (staff and students) discussed and put forward ways to improve BME success and belonging at QMUL.
Following this, the organisers hope to plan another event to discuss more in details how to bring these changes forward.
The event was also part of a research project conducted by Dr Daniel Hartley on BME student experience study.
If you wish to find out more about the project itself or the format of the evening, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org