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HEPI / Unite Students webinar: ‘Living Black at University’: Launch of new research into the experiences of Black students in university accommodation, 3 February 2022

  • 3 February 2022
  • 11am to 12.15pm
  • Zoom

***UPDATE*** A recording of this webinar is now available below:

On Thursday 3 February 2022, HEPI and Unite Students are pleased to announce a webinar to launch new research looking at the experiences of Black students in university accommodation.

Drawing on both focus groups and polling of students and accommodation staff, the report looks at Black students’ experiences of safety and belonging, relationships and support structures within their accommodation and their experiences of racism, in order to provide a concrete set of recommendations to improve the accommodation experience for Black students. 

After a short welcome from HEPI Director and Chair, Nick Hillman, and opening remarks from Richard Smith, Chief Executive Officer at Unite Students, the report findings will be presented by Osaro Otobo, Consulting Fellow (Project Manager) for the report and Deputy Chair of the British Youth Council.

We will then hold a panel discussion and Q&A with speakers to include:

  • Hillary Gyebi-Ababio, Vice President Higher Education at the National Union of Students;
  • Professor Iyiola Solanke, Chair in EU Law and Social Justice and Dean of EDI at the University of Leeds; and
  • Sam Kingsley, EDI and Wellbeing Manager at Unite Students.

To register for the webinar, please click on the following link:


  1. Suzanne Overton-Edwards says:

    Dear Colleague

    Are any of your former webinars accessible on-line?

    Best wishes

  2. Nick Hillman says:

    Yes, very many of them are. You should be able to find them on the relevant page under Events. Here is an example from 2021:

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