Dr. Billy Wong (Associate Professor in Widening Participation, University of Reading’s Institute of Education) was an invited keynote speaker at the University of Greenwich’s 16th annual SHIFT Teaching & Learning conference where he talked ‘what works’ for underrepresented students in higher education, and how academic success can be supported through inclusive practices.
In the keynote, presented in person with Dr. Tiffany Chiu from Imperial College London on the 12th January, they provided an overview of the key challenges as well as potential solutions to how we can promote a more inclusive university. The keynote drew on three of their recent projects and concluded with a discussion of the resources that were developed, sharing with the audience some of the materials developed, and discussed with audience on how these can be applied in their contexts to foster a more diverse and inclusive learning community.
For more information on Dr. Wong’s research, visit his staff profile page here. You can also follow him on Twitter here.
- The IDEAL student project’s website: https://www.idealstudent.org/
- The SIDUS project’s website: https://www.imperial.ac.uk/education-research/our-work/identities-in-education/sidus/pedagogical-materials-development-and-implementation/
- Project case studies and videos: https://www.advance-he.ac.uk/membership-2021-22/member-benefits/collaborative-development-fund-2022/inclusive-institutions/sidus
- Wong, B. & Chiu, Y.L.T. (2019). ‘Swallow your pride and fear’: The educational strategies of high-achieving non-traditional university students. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 40(7), 868-882. https://doi.org/10.1080/01425692.2019.1604209