Your Input for the All Party Parliamentary Inquiry on the Value of HE to BME communities

June 17, 2013 in Education by Tony Wright

Black British Academics has been invited to participate in the upcoming All Party Parliamentary Inquiry on Higher Education taking place this summer/autumn. Runnymede provides secretariat support to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Race and Community and it is through invitation by Runnymede that we have been invited to contribute baseline data and to make recommendations for the final report to be published in the autumn. The purpose of the inquiry is to investigate and evaluate the barriers faced by Black and Minority Ethnic students, with a particular focus on the number of entrants in further and higher education, Black and Minority Ethnic postgraduate students and Black and Minority Ethnic University Professors. The inquiry will be looking at:

  • Provisions currently in place to support BME applicants in further and higher education and support networks for professors and academic positions.
  • BME applications and entrants across a number of further education institutions, including the Russell Group Universities.  

An inquiry committee will be formed soon – meetings are taking place this week to review written and oral evidence sessions, discussion groups and terms of reference.
We will be back in touch shortly with further information as soon as it is available. Your participation is important as tackling racial inequality in higher education is one of our key objectives and this inquiry is a key platform for us to voice our concerns, articulate they key problems and make recommendations for change. 

Upcoming articles in the Guardian Higher Education Network

A big thank you to all the members who have come forward to give their input to the features being written on race equality in higher education. There will now be two articles to allow for all the necessary ground to be covered – one will focus on the views of Vice Chancellors, Pro Vice Chancellors and Deputy Vice Chancellors on where we are on race equality in HE, what they are doing to tackle the problems and whether a more radical approach is needed to advance the cause.

The second will focus on the views of black academics on where we are, the key barriers, what action should be taken and some examples of black academics tackling the issues in a myriad of ways, including but not limited to mentoring and research. Interviews are being completed this week – if anyone would still like to give their input (this is open to all members whether associates, full members or undergraduates) please email Deborah Gabriel at

This Week’s Featured Member

This week’s featured member is criminologist Dr Martin Glynn who for his PhD thesis developed a critical race theory on desistance, using the narratives of black men. He has over 25 years of experience in the prison service and schools and is an acclaimed writer and director. Visit the website to read more

 Launch of Black British Academics at the UEL 8th Colloquium on Ethnic Relations – July 25
Have you registered yet for the 8th Colloquium on Ethnic Relations at the Royal Docks Business School, University of East London on July 25, which is to be followed by the launch of Black British Academics? This is a must-not-miss event! Please mark the date in your diary and remember to register by emailing Barbara Bannister, Events Assistant at the Noon Centre for Equality and Diversity in Business at DO IT NOW!!!