The Voice publish “UALSoWhite” in time for “Why Does Race Matter in the Learning Environment?”!

DIVERSITY IN HIGHER EDUCATION: The debate continues this week” was yesterday’s front page header of The Voice – Britain’s Favourite Black Newspaper. It’s not by co-incidence that the newspaper was distributed – fresh out of print, for our main panel discussion event “Why does race matter in the learning environment?” during Diversity Matters Awareness Week 18th – 23rd April at University of the Arts London (UAL).


Full house “Why does race matter in the learning environment?” 21st April 2016 #DMAW16

It was only a matter of time before a national newspaper caught wind of the “UAL So White#UALSoWhite campaign – calling out UAL’s lack of BAME academic representation which shows to have a direct impact on the standard of degrees BAME (Black and Minority Ethnic) and well as International students are gaining. Research (see UAL’s and Diversity Report 2015shows BAME students are 21% less likely to gain a First or 2:1  in comparison to their white peers.



#DMAW16: Our panelist including Bee – SUARTS Education Officer

UAL So White is a campaign which started online via the hashtag #UALSoWhite and has spiralled into a full movement consisting of UAL students, alumni, and support from staff – both BAME and non-BAME, who are no longer willing to stay silent and oppressed by lack of representation and opportunity due to structures such as racism and discrimination which act as a “glass ceiling” barrier.

The campaign inspired by #OscarsSoWhite and more locally #BRITsSoWhite, has presented UAL Senior Management with a list of demands to ensure the university actively engages structural changes to enhance the BAME experience. Included is “For all staff at UAL including the executive board to have mandatory unconscious bias and cultural sensitivity training” and “a 40% increase of BAME academic staff (currently at 9%) in 12 months.

13007326_10153518662286932_3493288494697043983_nFind out more about UAL So White at www.ualsowhite.tumblr.comRead the full article written by Bee – SUARTS Education Officer – on page 10 of the The Voice Newspaper dated 21st April 2016.

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The Diversity Matters team would like to extend special thanks to The Voice newspaper for supporting “Diversity Matters Awareness Week” and printing the #UALSoWhite article which was distributed during Diversity Matters panel event “Why does race matter in the learning environment?

More on “Why does race matter in the learning environment?” later on this blog and  our partners for the event

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Related posts:

#OccupyUAL: UAL SO White demands are OUT!

Diversity Matters Awareness Week 2016

UAL So White Momentum: Discussing BAME Attainment, Retainment and Institutional racism in Academia // NUS BSC Officer

#BritsSoWhite campaign victory!



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