Are you interested in topics around Race, Class and Social Mobility?
Are you interested in issues surrounding Equality, Diversity and Inclusion?
Have you had or seen someone experience discrimination and wish to speak about it?
Do you want to share a story, personal or otherwise, that raises awareness about issues which are not represented better within Higher Education?
The UK government-approved regulatory body broadcasting, The Office for Communications (OfCom), released a Diversity and Equal Opportunities Report earlier this year. They found there was much to do tackle gender disparities and under-representation within Radio broadcasting (ref). This is not different to the conclusions to the reports published by national bodies that looked at diversity within Higher Education (HE) Institutions across the UK (Advance HE, ECHR).
As resolving this within the HE context, is an aim of our Inclusive Voices Project, Newcastle Student Radio (NSR), who are an award-winning station, have agreed to collaborate with us to host student volunteers on their flagship Wednesday News show. This is an opportunity to speak about issues or share lived experiences within and outside of HE concerning race, class, social mobility, equality, diversity, inclusion and underrepresentation to name but a few.
In the words of Samira Ahmed (radio show host and who has recently taken the BBC to court over unequal pay),
“to me it just makes perfect sense that students from all backgrounds should feel that the university treats them all equally and that they feel comfortable and respected and can all learn to achieve their potential… if there are students who don’t feel comfortable, the university needs to ask why and have the honesty to challenge where problems exist… but at the heart of it, it is people needing to listen to each other and everyone listening to all sides.”
If these words and this opportunity to volunteer your time and energy to develop something you think worth sharing through NSR resonates with you then contact Rohit to express your interest. We are hoping for our first Inclusive Voices-NSR output to feature on their 4th of December show and so our first workshop will happen in the week commencing the 18th of November 2019. We will air topics and go through basic radio presenting support (with a possible tour of the radio station!).
Email Rohit (Widening Access Project Worker) firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
We are particularly keen on hearing from BAME students, students who are the first in their family to have gone to university, care leaver students, student carers and students with a disability.