Report Published on the Being BME in STEM Conference
10 May 2019
The Being BME in STEM Conference hosted by the School of Chemistry on 6th of February 2019, was organised to come up with possible solutions for the problem of low recruitment and retention of BME students in STEM degrees (the leaky pipeline). A summary of the event and the resulting suggestions of how to improve, are detailed in the report.
The Being BME in STEM Conference and the associated report are a direct response to challenges faced by BAME staff and students. The report outlines strategies for positive action which should be explored further.
The bulk of the report focusses on the issues raised during the round table discussions and the suggested actions to be taken. The report has been sent to Vice Chancellor, Hugh Brady, who attended part of the conference and said “I know a lot of work goes into sessions like this where people can feel safe enough to open up and to be really constructive. So, what I guarantee you is that we will take all of the suggestions [from the day] really seriously and those that we cannot implement we will tell you why.”
To ensure all suggestions are considered, the report includes an action plan summarising the key points raised.