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The Student Experiences in STEM Project - 15 December 2021

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The SESTEM (Student Experiences in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) project emerged in response to concerns about the ethnicity awarding gap. Funded as a 3-year study by the University of Reading (2018-2021), the project explored the lived experiences of undergraduate students in STEM degrees, especially those who self-identified as being from a minority ethnic background. Over the three years, longitudinal, qualitative data was collected from students in the form of 88 in-depth semi-structured interviews, 155 termly journal reflections and two staff-student workshops. The team also conducted a small-scale interview study with 20 STEM staff.

Based on the findings of this study, Meggie will discuss how STEM students from minority and majority ethnic backgrounds navigate their degrees, make sense of racial inequalities in society, and their perceptions, coping strategies and responses to racism in higher education. She will then offer 12 recommendations for students and staff to tackle racial inequalities and improve student experiences in STEM higher education.

About the speaker

Meggie Copsey-Blake's research focuses on the experiences of students of marginalised groups in UK schools and universities, especially through examining discourses of identity and intersectionality. She completed an MA in Education (2020) and is assisting with various research projects on educational inequalities at the University of Reading and King's College London.

For information about the seminar, please email Richard.Brock@kcl.ac.uk.


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