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Enhancing the Experiences of Black, Asian, Mixed Heritage and Minoritised Ethnic Students in Higher Education

1 in 20 students leave their courses in higher education as a result of racial harassment. In this post, Mary Makinde, Senior Lecturer in Forensic Investigation and Strategic Lead on Closing Our Gap at Canterbury Christ Church University shares how the Bridging the Gap to Leadership Programme has helped deliver sustainable improvements to the experience of non-white students at the university.

Working Collaboratively with Students to Deliver Consent Workshops

Between March 2018- and March 2020, students in England were over three times more likely than average to have experienced sexual assault. In this video, Dr Penny Turnbull, Assistant Director of Student Services, Kara Stewart, GotConsent Coordinator and Leonor Capelier, StaAnd Together Intern discuss how consent workshops delivered at have been developed at the University of St Andrews. These workshops have been developed with students and were adapted to meet the demands of online learning in addition to individual student needs.

The Importance of Supporting Student Transitions in Higher Education

Transitioning to university can be challenging to many students, causing anxiety and having a negative impact on their mental health. Elliott Newstead is Head of UK Student Recruitment and Outreach at the University of Leicester, in this post he discusses the importance of supporting student transitions in higher education and the many ways universities can learn from each other to improve transition services.

Esther Kent, Academic Director, Employability & Placement Lead for Sport, Sheffield Hallam University

We’re delighted to welcome Esther Kent, Academic Director, Employability & Placement Lead for Sport, Sheffield Hallam University, as a new content contributor to MyGovCentral. Esther is responsible for providing strategic leadership to shape the design and delivery of an integrated range of services to achieve a transformative and exceptional experience for all students, graduates, academics, and industry partners (present and future) that maximises student employability.

Integrating Employability across course curriculums

In 2020, the number of graduates recruited by the UK's top employers was 12.3% lower than in 2019, according to High Fliers, this was the largest annual fall in graduate recruitment in 11 years. Esther Kent, Academic Director for Employability, shared with us some of the numerous ways departments have tailored employable skills to best fit in with their course curriculums.

Student Mental Health: The Latest Government Policy in Improving Student Mental Health

The Government has allocated £13 million to bridge the gap between children’s and adult mental health services to support HE students and young adults. We heard from the Minister of State for Universities at the Department for Education, Michelle Donelan MP about the latest government initiative for supporting the wellbeing of students across the UK.