Voices of Black and Asian Minority Ethnic Postgraduate students post the Covid-19 pandemic: Are Higher Education institutions listening?

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The COVID-19 pandemic significantly affected students studying in higher education (HE) institutions in the UK and international contexts. Black and Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) university students faced massive pressure during and post Covid-19 pandemic, alongside trying to meet their education goals. Our research project was with postgraduate students from two HE institutions, and this paper highlights participants' lived experiences and perspectives, including emotional stress, the need for greater support to access learning resources, financial issues and physical and mental health issues.
Our findings exposed ‘chaotic’ support that students received from HE institutions. Some students had inadequate resources and poor technical know-how which limited their access to the provisions given by the Universities, which impacted negatively their learning. Post Covid-19 pandemic, these challenges are on-going, thus, the HE institutions need to provide democratic spaces to encourage all students, including BAME students, to engage in dialogues among themselves and with other key players in HE, such as policymakers, and local and international communities, to address issues of inequality. It is important to listen to students' voices, reflect on the impact of the pandemic on their lives and make strategic planning for mitigating negativities and uplifting quality learning experiences post the pandemic.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-28
Number of pages28
JournalEquity in Education and Society
Publication statusPublished - 24 Nov 2023


  • Covid-19 pandemic, democratic space, BAME postgraduate students, inequalities, social justice

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