Supporting our Gypsy, Traveller, Roma, Boater and Showmen Students into Higher Education

Training Date: 07 April 2022

Hosted by LJMU GRTSB Outreach Working Group | Thursday 7 April 2022 | 12 – 1:30 pm | Online

As part of LJMU’s commitment to supporting students from GTRSB communities, this training opportunity will provide staff with greater context about these groups and information on how to best support these students at University. This training opportunity will also provide you with the opportunity to hear the lived experiences of the GTRSB community and learn about the challenges they face getting into Further/Higher Education.

Data from the Department of Education shows that from 2009-10 to 2017-18 for all other White groups the trend in HE participation is upwards. However, for Travellers of Irish Heritage, it has declined and for Gypsy and Roma groups it has remained static (Atherton G. 2020). Overall it has been calculated that only 3-4% of the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller populations aged 18-30 years access higher education.

Research evidence strongly indicates that even where these Gypsy and Roma communities do proceed to post-compulsory education, students feel invisible or unwelcomed in higher education institutions and are concerned about unconscious bias, lack of institutional knowledge about their status as ethnic groups, or fear exposure to racist stereotypes about their communities if they self-identify as such.

The training is aimed at equipping staff with knowledge that will help support students from these communities better.

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