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Supporting Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Towards or Into Higher Education

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Supporting Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Towards or Into Higher Education

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Gypsy, Roma and Traveller people (GRT) represent one of the most marginalised higher education minorities yet currently there is a lack of national direction and impetus for widening access to, and supporting the retention and success of this group. At the University of Sussex we have been working towards GRT inclusion through targeted university outreach. Our unique model highlights the need for close partnership working between academics, outreach, education providers and local communities.

This free training, aimed at anyone interested in doing work in this area will cover:

  • The specific barriers faced by GRT people and the need for inclusive practice before, during and after higher education
  • The experiences and expertise of developing GRT specific outreach at the University of Sussex in partnership
  • Space for you to consider how you might take our insights forward into your own institutions and contexts to support GRT towards or into higher education

Confirmed speakers:

  • Dr Emily Danvers and Dr Tamsin Hinton-Smith (University of Sussex Department of Education)
  • Chris Derbyshire (University of Sussex Widening Participation)
  • Tommy Buck (Friends, Families and Travellers)
  • Bethany Harri-Lirette (University of Sussex Student)

Please note – there is another training intended for a more specific audience of outreach practitioners on 22nd June at 1.30-3pm. It is absolutely fine to attend either but in this session we will reflect more on the general challenges and opportunities for anyone interested in developing work to support GRT inclusion.

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