Black Students' Experiences in Higher Education: Real World Problems & Solutions

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About this event

Date: 12 November 2020
Location: This event will be delivered virtually
Time: 18:00 - 20:00
Price: Free
Telephone: Please email
Organiser: LSBU School of Health and Social Care

About this Event

This live 'In conversation with...' panel event, provides a forum for critical conversations on the topic of Black student experiences and academic outcomes in higher education. This event will provide a potential platform to cocreate and promote actionable solutions to enable equitable opportunities for the educational and career advancement of Black students.

For this exciting and timely event we will be joined by four panellists, Dave Thomas, Dr Shaminder Takhar, Jou Yin Teoh and Dr Arun Verma, all well published in their fields, and who will share their specialist knowledge and viewpoints. This is a live event and interactive audience participation will be encouraged and provide a great opportunity for networking.

The discussion will be hosted by Dr. Anita Atwal, Associate Professor Interprofessional Learning, at London South Bank University (LSBU), and will introduce the new AHP Race & Cultural Equity Group initiative at LSBU.


6pm - Welcome and introduction - Dr. Anita Atwal, Associate Professor Interprofessional Learning, at London South Bank University

6.10pm – ‘In conversation with….’

7pm – Q&A

7.25pm – Final remarks and next steps

7.30pm – Networking & further discussions.We will moving to Zoom Pro for this part of the schedule to enable more audience interaction and networking.

8pm - Close

The event will be delivered using Zoom and joining instructions will be sent out the day before the event.

Check out the other celebratory events, talks & activities being delivered by LSBU during Black History Month 2020 - click here for more info & to register!

Who should attend?

Students; academics; learning support and student experience professionals; senior leaders and professionals with oversight of learning, teaching, and the student experience; students’ union staff; and community groups with an interest in the advancement of Black students.


As Student Success Project Manager  within the school of Sport and Exercise Science, Dave Thomas is employed on the institutionally  funded Student Success Project. The project conducts research on inequalities  in academic attainment and subsequently institute interventions to mitigate and  redress attainment differentials. Dave’s mandate encompasses the  development and delivery of the school’s Student Success Strategy. This sees  him being actively engaged in various discourses on equality, diversity, inclusion,  student engagement and attainment. Dave is also interested in developing  collaborative inter-faculty and cross-faculty, as well as local, national and  international relationships across the HE sector.

Dave has a professional background as  an Occupational Therapist and Public Health Specialist, with a remit in Social  Justice. His  research is concerned with Black students’ interest, perceptions of the value  that the place on their educational experiences, perceptions of their sense of  belonging and the impact of the “whiteness” of the curriculum on their  engagement and overall attainment within the UK Higher Education milieu.

Dr Shaminder Takhar is Associate Professor in Sociology in the Division of Social Sciences, School of Law and Social Sciences, and teaches across a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Her research interests and publications are centred around race, ethnicity, gender, sexualities, education and social justice. Dr Takhar is the convenor of the Division of Social Sciences seminar series and research ethics co-ordinator for the School of Law and Social Sciences. She is the co-chair of the equality network for BME staff (EquiNet) and is a member of the Athena SWAN working group, the Race Equality Charter Mark working group and the EDI Steering Group. A sole authored book, "Gender, Ethnicity and Political Agency", was published in 2013 by Routledge and nominated for the FWSA book prize in January 2014. Dr Takhar has recently edited a book, "Gender and Race Matter", published by Emerald Books, and has supervised doctoral students on a range of areas such as Anne Boleyn as a feminist icon and human trafficking in Bangladesh.

Jou Yin Teoh qualified as an occupational therapist in Malaysia and registered in the UK. A former Lecturer and Head of Occupational Therapy in a Malaysian private higher education institute, she adopts a social justice informed approach and apply an intersectional lens to my work.  Jou Yin currently leads the Race & Cultural Equality (RACE) Group in the Occupational Therapy Division in collaboration with our Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic (BAME) students.

Dr Arun Verma: a strategic leader in developing robust regional, national and global systems for designing, developing and implementing intersectionality in research, evidence and evaluation strategies to inform implementation and social and behavioural change for diverse groups.  Dr Verma has the tenacious ability to transform complexity into meaningful insights to influence national and international inclusion programmes and policy action, whilst enabling diversity, improvement and impact at scale through developing partnerships to increase funding opportunities for organisations. He's a passionate public speaker with the ability to empower, build confidence, engage and connect with diverse audiences including staff, media and with partners. As an innovator, Arun is a relational and transformational leader that embraces complexity and creativity to achieve strategic vision and create positive social change against critical challenges facing vulnerable and marginalised communities.