Diversity symposium: Black Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) home students within Media Production
Diversity symposium: Black Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) home students within Media Production

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Title: Diversity symposium: Black Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) home students within Media Production


Event Date: 5 October 2016


Time: 12:30-17:00



Venue: FG06 Fusion Building, Talbot Campus




To run a one-day event which explores the issue of under-representation of British Black Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) students within the media disciplines. The event aims to bring together BU academics and professional support staff, along with visiting speakers, to address the issues that arise for BAME students at all stages of the student journey, from application to career progression

With this in mind the aim of this event brings together a range of representatives from all teams at BU involved with the recruitment, support and progression of media production students.

12:30 Lunch

13:00 Welcome, Professor Michael Wilmore, Executive Dean Faculty of Media and Communication

Part 1- Key Notes

13:05 ‘Race in higher education: the national picture on students,’ Gary Loke, Head of Policy, Equality Challenge Unit

13:20: BU picture, Dr James Palfreman-Kay, Equality and Diversity Adviser

13.30: The student perspective: key takeaways from morning focus groups, Charlie Souter-Philips, Vice-President Welfare

13:40: Industry picture, Marc Boothe, Creative Director, B3 Media

Part 2 – Understanding the Issues

14:00: Rules of engagement
Briefing on the questions and rules of engagement for group activity – Christa van Raalte. 

14.15 – 15.00 Group discussion

All groups will be asked to consider all three stages of the student journey:
1. application and recruitment,
2. retention and achievement,
3. career progression (including work placements)

15.00-15.20 Feedback & Coffee 

Part 3 – Towards Drafting a Road Map

15.25 Re-group (Christa van Raalte)

Each group to be a mix of academic staff with professional and support colleagues drawn mainly from relevant areas. 

15.30-16.15 Group Discussion


Focus Group 1 – Application & Recruitment

Focus Group 2 – Retention & Achievement

Focus Group 3 – Career Progression


16.15 Feedback & Plenary


16.40 – Summary and Next Steps – Christa van Raalte & speakers

17:00 Close


External Speaker Biographies 


Gary Loke, Equality Challenge Unit


Gary Loke is Head of Policy at Equality Challenge Unit (ECU) which works to further and support equality and diversity for staff and students in higher education institutions across the UK and in colleges in Scotland. He previously worked at a national older persons’ charity on health and social care policy and for a rural race equality organisation. Gary currently serves on a number of external bodies including the Gender Equality Commission of the Swiss National Science Foundation, the Universities UK Social Mobility Advisory Group and the policy advisory group of the Economic and Social Research Council Research Centre on Micro-Social Change at the University of Essex. Gary is also a Visiting Research Associate at the Forum for Research into Equality and Diversity, University of Chester.


Marc Boothe, B3 Media

Marc is Founder and Creative Catalyst of B3 Media, a leading media arts network which has supported over 2,000 BAME creative artists over the last five years, across film, visual arts, new media and spoken word. He produces Talentlab, a successful talent development incubator programme for emerging creative artists and producers. And he recently produced L8 Unseen for the Museum of Liverpool, a groundbreaking cross-platform storytelling project based on stories from the Liverpool 8 (Toxteth) which was seen by over 420,000 visitors. In May 2016, also produced Gambiarra Lab a social change digital lab and installation project with 14 Brazilian artists in Mare - one of the largest flavelas in Rio. Previously, Marc worked as a Senior Executive at UK Film Council (New Cinema Fund) and the Bank of England. He also holds an MBA and is a NESTA Fellow (National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts).


B3 makes connections between Britain's multicultural communities and its creative industries. We help talented BAME artists develop, produce and distribute their work, from the first spark of an idea through to the first showing and beyond – with development labs, workshops, screenings, talks, networking events and more.



For futher information on this event please contact diversity@bournemouth.ac.uk

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