Academic reflections on Experiences of BAME students in Higher education during Covid-19 Pandemic

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The COVID-19 pandemic and the various measures introduced to slow its spread have significantly affected the general public's day-to-day lifestyle and mental well-being, including students studying in higher education institutions in the UK and international contexts (ONS, 2020; DAAD; 2020). Reimers and Marmolejo (2022) observe that the rapid disruptions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic in multiple sectors and areas of daily life provide a unique opportunity to study the university's capacity to respond to changes in the external environment, to be a learning organisation in service of addressing significant social challenges.

BAME university students have faced massive pressure during the Covid-19 pandemic, alongside trying to meet their education goals. There is a greater need for higher education (HE) institutions to reflect on how to deal with the impact of the pandemic on their students (including their physical and mental health, learning experiences and economic effects.

The pandemic has exacerbated the existing social-cultural and economic inequalities in the UK society that already impacted some BAME students. According to HESA (2020), before the pandemic, there was an attainment gap of 13 %, with 76% of white students gaining good degrees while only 63% of BAME students managed the same. This gap will have been made worse by the pandemic.
PeriodSept 2022
Event typeConference
Conference number2022
LocationLiverpool, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionNational