Mind the Gap: inclusion and transition of Black and Minoritised Students

July 5, 2021

Mind the Gap: How Schools, Colleges, FE and cultural organisations can support the transition to Higher Education and eradicate the Award Gap for Black and Minoritised Students.

Create a culture of inclusion, facilitate transition and increase the life chances and career choices for all students.

The session is ideally suited for

Teachers, careers advisers, educators, and leaders working with young people in KS3 upwards, and colleagues working with post 16s, FE, and HE. It might also be useful for parents.



This session will focus on how to improve transition for secondary pupils into Performing Arts and Creative Industry courses in Higher Education. It will offer inputs from Dr. Martin Heaney, Senior Lecturer in Drama, Applied Theatre and recent Drama, Applied Theatre and Performance graduates, Louize Williams and Mia Cunningham, sharing both recent student experiences for Black and minoritised students and the outcomes of recent research, training and dialogue between staff and students.

Mia Cunningham, Former Young Poet Laureate, Activist , Community performance artist, and facilitator will share her story, experiences, and views.

Louize Williams is part of the Student Equity Champions team at the University of East London and has supported a series of workshops on Eradicating the Award Gap.

The starting point of this session is acknowledging the continuing deficits in representation and the necessary reform in our learning environments and, conversely, the excellence of much practice in this area in Secondary schools.

With the students at the centre of this session we will explore options for local collaboration, continued dialogue between schools and universities and engagement in the arts to further improve student transition and retention in Higher Education.

We will also share resources and the Co-Creating Strategies with Students Toolkit.