The University of Huddersfield has a diverse student body, including Black, Asian, Arabic and other minority ethnic students. We use the term BAME to refer to students that are of, but not excluded to, Asian, Arabic, Chinese or Afro-Caribbean descent. As a Students’ Union, it is important to explore the student experience and gain insight into particular challenges that students face. The Attainment Gap is the difference between UK white students achieving a First or 2:1 degree in comparison to UK Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic students. The BAME attainment gap is a growing concern in universities and here, at The University of Huddersfield, we have 25.5% gap between UK white students and UK Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic students achieving a First Class Honours.
We want to make sure we are supporting you to work together to offer guidance to the university to eliminate the BAME attainment gap and improve the student experience, representing and voicing their views from a position of authenticity.
If you become a BAME Ambassador, here are some of the activities you will be involved in:
We're looking for passionate and motivated students to become BAME Ambassadors to ensure that BAME students are heard, better represented and voice their views from a position of authenticity.
If you become a BAME Ambassador, here are some of the activities you can get involved in:
BAME Ambassadors are volunteers. They offer their time to the scheme to run campaigns, challenge the curriculum and ensure equality on campus for BAME students. If you would like to request an opportunity for a BAME ambassador to talk to you, run a project or support you to diversify your curriculum then please contact Raphaella Ward (email@example.com).
In order to diversify the curriculum and ensure we are continuously tackling the BAME attainment gap, we must ensure BAME representation at committees and meetings. After lobbying the university to give BAME ambassadors a seat at the table we successfully managed to secure places for BAME ambassadors to represent BAME students at a whole host of committees.
We have secured places on the following committees:
If you want to sit on a committee and ensure that BAME student voices are heard, then please contact Heather Wade (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Keeping track of your activities as a BAME Ambassador is important. We can share information from the tracker about updates of changes, express any issues that might need support from the Students' Union and see what needs changing. All information shared is not strictly confidential, as we may look to action your comments.
Here are just some of the activities/changes the BAME Ambassadors have secured over the past two years:
Tackling barriers that BAME students face means running campaigns that ranges from challenging stereotypes and perspectives to tackling structural inequality.
Campaigns the BAME ambassadors have run in the past include:
If you want to run a campaign please contact Raphaella Ward (email@example.com).
Diversifying the curriculum is no small task. The BAME ambassadors told us that the lack of role models and curriculum content that they could identify with was limiting their education. In order to start diversifying the curriculum, the BAME Ambassadors identified that lack of diversity of authors on students reading lists.
Jonathan Stephen, the 2018/19 President, linked up with the library to discuss the diversity of reading lists and they then provided the BAME ambassadors access to all module reading lists. From this we carried out an audit of reading lists of over 100 different module reading lists and the diversity of over 1250 authors.
The findings weren’t surprising. On average, each school’s authors on the reading lists were 72% - 86% white in comparison to 3% - 7% non-white*.
Due to these results, the BAME ambassadors created and delivered the results to academics throughout the broaden my bookshelf campaign called Developing Diverse Reading Lists.
They wanted academics to:
Are you interested in finding out more? Do you think your curriculum needs to be more diverse? Have you got an idea about how to diversify your curriculum? Contact Raphaella Ward (firstname.lastname@example.org).