On Tuesday 4 February 2020, Kent Business School hosted their first Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity (EDI) event of the year – Who is on your reading list? Lost Voices in the UK Education System.
Guests heard from motivational external speakers including
- Dave Thomas, Student Success Project Manager, School of Sports and Exercise Science
- Laura Bailey, Student Success Lecturer, School of European Culture and Languages
- Sola Adesola, Senior Lecturer, Oxford Brookes Business School
The panellists shared their views and experiences with the aim of inspiring and challenging guests to think about how diverse the materials they read are, and how they can be an advocate for this change.
The panel discussion covered topics including but not limited to:
- How demographically representative is the curriculum being taught to children and young adults in the UK Education system?
- What are the barriers effecting representation of People of Colour in the UK Education System and Curriculum?
- How is a lack of EDI consideration in curriculum design creating educational inequalities, attainment gaps, and impacting on progression and belonging for students?
The event was very well received and reflected in the feedback given.
“I would absolutely recommend this event in the future. The presenters were very knowledgeable and passionate. I WILL BE the change I want to see. My voice is important and can be used to contribute to a positive student experience.”
“This event has improved my confidence in citing BAME authors and use them more often.”
“Today’s platform was filled with immense knowledge about BAME students which has made me realised that our education system is really broken and there is a wide change from sixth form/college to University. As a BAME student, I believe our voices are definitely lost and mostly all comes down to the high authorities. Understanding that our lecturers actually have the free will to what they provide on the reading list and our BAME lecturers not enforcing African or ethnic authors is absolutely shameful. Today it seems our future knowledge is in the hands of our lecturers and thus it is up to us young generations to have an impact on these lecturers and force a change.”
The Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity (EDI) Business Series are a series of events this year at Kent Business School shining a light on REAL issues for everyday people in business.