Disaggregating the Black Student Experience

Whittaker, Randall and Broadhead, Samantha ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9469-1233 (2022) Disaggregating the Black Student Experience. In: Access and Widening Participation in Arts Higher Education: Practice and Research. The Arts in Higher Education (AHE) . Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 51-72. ISBN 978-3-030-97449-7


Slow progress has been made by educational leaders in addressing participation, non-continuation and awarding gaps between black and white students. However, there is the potential of strong leadership to drive change in arts higher education institutions. The barriers that prevent action are partly due to the structures in which leaders operate that discourage challenge and change and promote white privilege. Professor Randall Whittaker, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at Leeds Arts University in conversation with Professor Samantha Broadhead, Leeds Arts University, discusses some of the reasons why previous policies have failed to close participation, non-continuation and awarding gaps. He also argues for the disaggregation of categories of different ethnic groups in data collection. Whittaker’s arguments about leadership refer to national and institutional policies and practices that impact on race in the UK’s arts higher education.

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