SESTEM project

The Student Experiences in STEM (SESTEM) project at the University of Reading aims to better understand the experiences of undergraduate students in STEM degrees, especially those who self-consider as from ‘Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic’ (BAME) backgrounds. The long-term goal is to understand and eventually develop strategies or resources to reduce the differential degree outcome (sometimes referred as the ‘attainment gap’) for BAME students at university. The project began in October 2018 and will run for three years, collecting up to 90 interviews and 180 termly journals from undergraduate STEM students.

Our project email is SESTEM@reading.ac.uk

The SESTEM project team includes Dr Billy Wong (PI, Institute of Education), Dr Joy Singarayer (Meteorology) and Prof Ellie Highwood (Formerly Dean of Diversity and Inclusion), with research support from Meggie Copsey-Blake (Megan.Copsey-Blake@student.reading.ac.uk) and Reham Elmorally (r.elmorally@pgr.reading.ac.uk)