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Date
07.07.22
Start time
08:30
End time
18:00
Weston Hall, University of West London, Ealing W5 5RF

This year's Black Minority and Ethnic Early Career Researcher Hybrid Conference is co-hosted by King's College London and the University of West London


The underrepresentation of Black and Minority Ethnic staff in academia is noticeable as the student body is not reflected in the staff teaching them. Disparities in outcomes occur across the academic journey as observed in degree-awarding gaps for BME students and the underrepresentation of BME academics in senior roles. For example, currently, there are 22,795 university professors in the UK, from those 6,340 are women and from those only 40 are Black women.

Attendees of the conference will have the opportunity to hear how BME academics have navigated their journey, network, get a mentor and empower themselves through the workshops. 

Timetable 

08:30 - 09:25 - Registration and refreshments
09:30 - 09:45 - Welcome - Dr Bernadine Idowu-Onibokun
09:45 - 10:00 - Opening Address - Professor Anthony Woodman (DVC, University of West London)
10:00 - 10:45 - Keynote Speaker - Professor Lez Henry (University West London)
10:45 - 11:00 - Q&A
11:00 - 11:15 - Break
11:15 - 12:30 - Panel - Dr Mark Ledwidge, Dr Obed Brew, Diane Apeah-Kubi, Michael Bankole, Dr Baljinder Mankoor, Dr Michael Sulu, and Professor Dorothy Monekosso
12:30 - 13:15 - Lunch
13:15 - 13:30 - Black women in STEM - Tomi Akinwande (University of Cambridge)
13:30 - 13:45 - Sanger Excellence Fellowship by Dr Saher Ahmed (Wellcome Sanger Institute)
13:45 - 13:50 - Break
13:50 - 15:50 - Workshops
15:50 - 16:00 - Break 
16:00 - 16:20 - Benefits of joining societies - Dr Jade Hall MRSB (Royal Society of Biology)
16:20 - 16:40 - Reflection for the last 5 years of the BME ECR conference - Professor Funmi Olonisakin (King's College London) 
16:40 - 16:45 - Q&A
16:45 - 17:00 - Closing remarks - Dr Amara Anyogu (University West London)
17:00 - 18:00 - Networking Reception at Pillars Restaurant with Peju Oshisanya (Benevolent AI)

For more information, please visit the University of West London event page

Sponsors

This event is being supported by the Royal Society of Biology. 

Cost and booking 

This event is free to attend and both online and in person admission is available. Advanced registration is essential through the conference registration page

Contact 

For event queries, please contact Bernadine.Idowu@uwl.ac.uk