Award-winning academic Dr Nicola Rollock is to lead a project at Goldsmiths University to address the Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) progression and attainment gap for students.
Dr Rollock will oversee the working group established last year to address this subject including collaboration with students as well as academic and professional services staff.
The academic lead role was created as a result of a successful campaign by Mona, the Union's Welfare and Diversity Officer. Mona successfully lobbied for the University to hire a member of staff dedicated to the attainment gap as part of the campaign to tackle the problem on campus.
Mona said: 'I'm really excited by the appointment of Nicola who has the experience and passion the University need to inject some urgency into this project. Increasing resource to tackle the attainment gap has been a key priority of mine this year and it was after much campaigning that this role came about.
'Though clearly this one position doesn't go far enough, I will be pushing for any recommendations that come out to be taken seriously and for the project to be given the extra resource it needs.'
Dr Rollock said: 'As an academic specialising in racial justice, the issue of the degree attainment gap has concerned me for some time. I am pleased that Goldsmiths have taken this first important step in recognising that this warrants dedicated attention.'
The work is supported by our Decolonising Goldsmiths Campaign, which has launched which aims to challenge racial inequality at Goldsmiths.
We want to hear about the experiences of BME students at Goldsmiths, in relation to racial inequality which will be used to inform institutional strategies for improvements! Take part in our survey, focus groups and a chance to win £100 by taking part in the SU survey. More information can be found on the Decolonising Goldsmiths page on the SU website.
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