Office for students: Addressing barriers to student success

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”.

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