Call for Contributors — UKCGE Black and Minority Ethnic Participation In Postgraduate Research Working Group

We’ve launched an Call for Contributions to our new UKCGE Black and Minority Ethnic Participation In Postgraduate Research Working Group. Click through for more details. 

Call for Contributors — UKCGE Black and Minority Ethnic Participation In Postgraduate Research Working Group

The UK Council for Graduate Education is committed to the principle that postgraduate education should be open and available to all those capable of undertaking it. We believe that greater diversity within both PGT and PGR provision generates better research, knowledge that is more reflective of current society, and is fundamental to our understanding of universities as public institutions. Ensuring inclusivity in postgraduate education is therefore at the heart of furthering our economic, scientific, and social progress.

Are these principles delivered in relation to Black and Minority Ethnic participation in postgraduate research? This UKCGE Working Group is being set up with the following aims:

  • To deepen our understanding of the statistical patterns in BME participation at PGR level
  • To draw up a literature review on what is known about BME participation
  • To make policy recommendations on the basis of this analysis
  • And to identify, share and celebrate effective practices that have encouraged and supported BME participation in postgraduate research.

Joining this Working Group

The UKCGE Working Group on Black and Minority Ethnic Participation in Postgraduate Research was initiated by Dr Rochelle Rowe-Wiseman (Academic Development Lead, UCL) who will chair the Group, and Professor Rosemary Deem (Vice-Principal and Dean of the Doctoral School, Royal Holloway University of London). We are seeking 4 additional members who have experience and expertise in relation to BME participation in postgraduate research and who can support its aims. The Working Group is likely to be supported by a PGR who will act as a Research Associate. 

Volunteers should be willing and able to commit to at least 4 meetings over the next 12 months, of which at least 1 is likely to take place in London. The work of the group may involve:

  • Gathering statistical information
  • Providing analysis as part of a literature review
  • Conducting telephone interviews to provide materials for case-studies of good practice
  • Writing sections of a report, including providing a commentary on data trends
  • Advise on the management and administration of a launch event.

Outcomes and Expectations

This Working Group will run for 12 months. It is expected to produce a report by April 2020. The report will be formally launched at an event in early 2020.

Expressions of Interest

Please send your expression of interest, along with a brief statement about how your experience will support the work of this group, to:

Dr Owen Gower, Director, UKCGE:

The deadline for applications is 5pm, 19th April 2019.