Interrogating Differential Outcomes in Degree Awarding: towards a post-race pedagogy

Professor Gurnam Singh and Professor Glynis Cousin led a seminar seeking to provide a brief historical and contemporary overview of the issues commonly known as the BME attainment gap.
 
In so doing, the seminar highlighted some of the contradictions and complexities on both conceptualising the problem of attainment and developing appropriate pedagogical interventions.
Link to Interrogating Differential Outcomes in Degree Awarding: towards a post-race pedagogy event
Wednesday, 16th November, 2016
13:30 - 15:30
University of Chester Law School, 67 Liverpool Road, Chester, CH2 1AW

The seminar began by critically reflecting on the ways in which the category BME has become unthinkingly applied as if some students were reducible to the category.
 
This has, at best led to well meaning paternalistic gestures of celebrating diversity and internationalisation. At worst, it was argued that it has resulted in racialisng practices through simplistic associations between imputed cultural characteristics and student behaviour.
 
In responding to the difficulties identified with the present approach, in the final section of the seminar, the debate proposed an alternative paradigm from which the problem can be conceptualized and practices formulated which could be referred to as post-race pedagogy.