Freedom to Achieve’s Team Talks provide an opportunity for programme teams involved with the project to share best practice in positively addressing the attainment gap. Our first event took place on Tuesday 9th October, with a focus on transition and support. The current timetable for future Team Talks is shown below.
First work of the year: support, assessment type 20th November 2018
Retention, establishing connection/belonging 8th January 2019
Establishing engagement and confidence 19th February 2019
Co-creation and Reflective practice 2nd April 2019
Exams, finals and alternative assessments 14th May 2019
Curriculum development and employability 25th June 2019
Read a good book? This is the question posed to students visiting the leisure reading stand at Kimberlin on 8/10/18 as part of LLS activities for National Libraries week. During that Wednesday afternoon over one hundred and seven students visited the stand and spoke with Library staff about their favourite reads and explored the leisure reading material displayed, some borrowing Library staff recommendations.
Law Society London, Chaired by Dr Gurnam Singh
A diverse day of diversity initiatives. Shakira Martin President of NUS, spoke of the impact of poverty and class which restrict choice, access and increase drop-out: she advised us to “Get in and get on” and create “transformative intellectuals”. She emphasized “students need to feel their intellects are validated and valued”. She spoke of the need for culturally competent services to support our diverse student body. Students need affordable accommodation, maintenance grants and paid internships to help overcome the barriers of debt and “not-belonging”.
Keep Universities for the Many is a campaign to engage staff and students in active, informed discussions about the future of higher education and DMU’s place within it. On Friday 23rd March, the Freedom to Achieve project shared progress on their work in addressing the attainment gap.
On 29 January and 1 February the Freedom to Achieve project team hosted a co-creation event for students and staff at DMU to explore, discuss and share ideas of how to effect the eradication of the attainment gap. These two mirror events were well attended by students and staff from across the faculties, range of subject areas and levels of study. The mood of the events was both positive and uplifting, students commented on the inspiring nature of these events and expressed a feeling of gratitude that DMU were openly tackling the national issue of the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) attainment gap. Research suggests DMU is one of a handful of institutions to take a transparent and direct approach to this issue and consult their students directly about this matter, offering them the opportunity to share their ideas and co-create approaches to close the gap, exactly what these co-creation events were all about.