Lost Voices in the UK Education System – Introducing the Panellists

On Tuesday 4 February 2020, Kent Business School will be hosting their first Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity (EDI) event of the year – Who is on your reading list? Lost Voices in the UK Education System.

Food, wine and soft drinks will be provided at the event, which will take place in the Sibson building, Canterbury. Guests will hear from motivational external speakers who will share their views and experiences to inspire and challenge you to think about how diverse materials you read are, and how you can be an advocate for this change. Panellists on the day will include:

Dave Thomas

Student Success Project Manager

School of Sports and Exercise Science

Dave’s team are currently investigating the correlation between race and belonging on academic attainment in higher education. Critical Race Theory and Outsider Pedagogy guides much of his approach to the research. He has led several projects across schools at the University to diversify the curriculum and will be discussing the project teams findings.


Laura Bailey

Student Success Lecturer

School of European Culture and Languages

Dr Laura Bailey joined the University of Kent as a Lecturer in English Language and Linguistics in 2012, after completing her PhD on the syntax of question particles at Newcastle University. Laura is the Student Success Lecturer for the School of European Culture and Languages, working with the Student Success Project to reduce attainment gaps in the school. She runs workshops, talks, events, focus groups and creates resources to help to do this.

Laura set up a ‘diversify the curriculum’ project, working alongside the library, which won a Tallis Award. Laura has also trialled many initiatives in the school to make the curriculum more inclusive and diverse, whilst also providing students with autonomy to shape their learning environment and content.


Sola Adesola

Senior Lecturer

Oxford Brookes Business School

Sola is a Senior Lecturer in Business and Management at Oxford Brookes Business School. Sola is an Athena SWAN and EDI Champion in the Oxford Brookes Business School, and acts as a catalyst to institutional policy on race and diversifying leadership on the Race Equality and Steering Group and Race Equality Action Group.


Tickets are FREE but limited and also include wine, food and soft drinks. You can register for yours on our Eventbrite page


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