Throughout the RAFA2 project, students repeatedly commented on their apprehension around graduate employment, with concerns expressed about their race and the workplace.
Many stated that they felt inadequately prepared for life after university. In response to such trepidations, the University of Roehampton collaborated with the Careers and Placements team to hold a BAME Employability Conference. The event was targeted towards students of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds, but was open to all.
The first event was held in response to student DLHE data that showed that BAME women had achieved the poorest employability outcomes. Which is why the event was targeted specifically to them.
They were provided opportunities to upskill themselves while gathering information to improve provisions. The events that followed responded to issues identified in the student voices responses.