Race equality in higher education remains a challenge with “worryingly high” dropout rates for black students
The Black Training and Enterprise Group (BTEG) believes that the dropout rate for UK-domiciled black students from UK universities is worryingly high.
Black students have a higher rate of non-continuation in higher education than any other a ethnic group. Among full time students who started a first degree in 2010/11, 11.2 per cent of black students left higher education before completing their degree, compared with 6.9 per cent of white students. UK students of Chinese ethnicity were most likely to complete their degrees, with only 5.5 per cent of Chinese students leaving higher education early.
Each student who drops out of university without completing their degree has their own personal reasons. But some universities have far higher dropout rates than others. Nearly 17 per cent of full time first degree students who started at London Metropolitan University in 2010/11 did not continue with their degree, compared with just one per cent of students at Cambridge University. In 2010/11, black students made up just 2.7 per cent of students at Russell Group universities and the average non-continuation rate across the Russell Group institutions was 3.3 per cent. In contrast, 11.3 per cent of students at the Million + universities were black and the average non-continuation rate was 11.2 per cent. It looks like there is a strong link between where you go to university and how likely you are to dropout, as well as a clear link between the likelihood that you will attend a prestigious university and your ethnic group. The end result is that one in nine black students starting university in the UK leaves higher education without completing their degree.
Jeremy Crook OBE, Director of BTEG says “A university education is expensive but essential for all young people who want a professional career. It is disappointing to see that black students are far more likely to dropout of university than students from other ethnic groups. We need to know more about what is behind these numbers. Universities, especially those with high dropout rates, should be looking closely at what support they can offer for black students to successfully complete their degrees.”
Statistics for non-continuation rates by ethnic group are from the Equality Challenge Unit Equality in higher education: statistical report 2013 http://www.ecu.ac.uk/publications
Statistics for non-continuation rates by HE institution are from the Higher Education Statistics Agency http://www.hesa.ac.uk
Registrations priced from £49 +VAT*. To book your place click here
Inclusion and BTEG are jointly hosting three one-day partnership events examining how to improve the labour market outcomes of people from ethnic minority backgrounds. The three events taking place during 2014 will examine: Employment, Entrepreneurship andApprenticeships.
The first of these events will focus on Employment and will take place on Thursday 3 April at the Headquarters of Amnesty International in London.
Esther McVey MP, Minister for Employment, Department for Work and Pensions
The event will focus on practical ways that providers, charities and government can support ethnic minority jobseekers into work. It will discuss the challenges faced by BME jobseekers and address 'ethnic penalties' that BME jobseekers face when trying to enter the job market and progress in employment.
Speakers from the Department for Work and Pensions, Jobcentre Plus, Work Programme providers, local government and VCS organisations will contribute to the agenda which will run from 10:00-16:00.
Amongst others, this first partnership event will examine the following subjects:
- An examination of the scope of the problem, and the levels of disadvantage faced by different groups of BME jobseekers
- How to make the Work Programme work for ethnic minority jobseekers
- How Jobcentre Plus can use Flexible Support Funds to support BME jobseekers
- How to better engage with employers to overcome discrimination
- The role of Local Government
- How to overcome barriers to work for young black men, ethnic minority women, and particularly disadvantaged groups, including gang members and care leavers.
*£49+VAT registration fee available to members of the BTEG network. All registration fees include access to this partnership event on 03/04/14, refreshments through the day, lunch and delegate pack.
Sponsorship and exhibition
Inclusion is offering organisations the opportunity to support all three partnership events. Having a profile enables you to engage with the decision makers in the most effective way possible, face-to-face. We will be hosting a small exhibition alongside the event where catering will be served. A full brochure is available by clicking here.
Opening Doors Network: The Enterprise Programme
Create and launch your winning idea!
BTEG’s Opening Doors Network: The Enterprise Programme is open for business. Opening Doors is an exciting new type of enterprise programme for London to create the next entrepreneurial generation. It will inspire you, build your entrepreneurial know-how and get your passion, skill, technological knowledge or hobby transformed into a business. Above all it will connect you to like-minded people and open up the dynamic world of enterprise and self-employment.
Aimed at young adults - irrespective of the chances they have had in life – Opening Doors will help you to develop your ideas, think differently and guide you through the business start-up maze. It is different from other start-up training because it is designed as an incubator and connection-hub. It is intensive, with hands-on learning. In addition, it will engage entrepreneurs and companies to give you the real insights you need.
It offers seven powerful experiential learning zones, including one to one expert advice and access to funding - all rolled into a highly flexible programme with friendly support over a full period of six months.
Booking for the programme is now open. You have a choice of locations at local centres in the London Boroughs of Haringey, Croydon and Brent. There is also a choice of four starting dates: (late) January 2014, April 2014, November 2014 and February 2015.
Email Phil Flynn to register your interest. And if this is not for you but you know someone who might be interested please alert them to the opportunity! Opening Doors is being run in partnership with the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, ABi Associates and PJ’s Community Services.
Improving outcomes for offenders from the Gypsy and Traveller communities
Friends, Families and Travellers and BTEG are hosting a conference on 21 January 2014 focused on how we can improve outcomes for offenders from the Traveller communities. Travellers make up around 0.5% of the population of the UK but around 5% of the male prison population.
These figures maybe an under-representation as there is still a big problem in Travellers identifying themselves. With the huge changes underway across the offender management system with the Transforming Rehabilitation reforms of the Probation Service there is a risk that the needs of this group may not be met.
The aim of this conference is to look at the needs of traveller offenders and how we can improve outcomes for this group under the new arrangements.
This will be of interest to commissioners, providers and equalities officers. We are keen to see prime providers, voluntary organisations and community groups from the traveller communities.
The event will be at BTEG’s office; 200a Pentonville Road, London, N1 9JP.
BTEG on-line survey of young black men in London
We need to find young black men in London who will take a quick on-line survey to tell us about their experiences of employment, unemployment and job searching?
We are trying to reach as many people as possible who are:
• Young - aged 16 to 24
• Black - of African, Caribbean or Mixed heritage
• Living in London
The unemployment rate for young black men in England is currently 50% (compared with 22% for young white men). The findings from this survey will help inform a new multi-agency action plan to tackle this crisis facing our young men.
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