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On July 8th, The Centre of Applied and Participatory Arts (CAPA) in collaboration with The University of East London’s Office for Institutional Equity is hosting an online webinar from 10am – 1pm.

Eradicating the Award Gap in Performing Arts and Creative and Media Programmes. Co-Constructing Strategies with Students.

Our webinar addresses the continuing difference between the proportion of 2.1s and First-Class degrees awarded by universities to white students, compared to Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic students. White students are awarded a higher proportion of ‘good’ degrees. At the University of East London, this difference is 19%. However, in some schools the difference is bigger, with the most recent figures from ACI indicating that black students are 35% less likely (Asian students 17% less likely) to achieve these passes. (There is considerable variation between programmes).

This webinar aims to share expertise on the subject through a key note lecture from Prof. Aisha Richards, Central St. Martin’s College and Director of Shades of Noir. For more information visit the following websites:

We will also share film provocations from UEL Applied Drama and Performing Arts students who have produced creative responses to challenge teaching staff thinking on the Award Gap in collaboration with community artist and educator, Jay Patel.

This work is part of ongoing research into BAME student experience led by Dr. Martin Heaney. The webinar is also designed to support the further development of EDI’s strategy for Race Equality, led by Prof. Marcia Wilson, Dean of the Office for Institutional Equity. This strategy includes the formation of a White Anti-Racist Group, a pilot project and the first of its kind at a British University.

Webinar Programme

10.00. Welcome. The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Amanda Broderick, Prof. Marcia Wilson and Dr. Martin Heaney
10.15. Key Note Lecture. Prof. Aisha Richards with Q and A.
11.15. Student Panel Response with Esohe Uwadie, Institutional Equity Officer
11.45 Film Performances and Coffee Break
12.15. Student-led Panel Discussion
12.45 Applied Drama, ‘Allyship’ and Student Voice. Reflections on Practice. Dr. Martin Heaney and Jay Patel.

To Register for the Event:

Please contact Dr. Martin Heaney

For further information on the ‘Award Gap’ (known within the wider sector as the attainment gap) and UEL work in this area, please click on these links: