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Sussex student to host panel discussions on the experiences of BAME scientists

A PhD student in the School of Life Sciences is hosting two online discussions to share the successes and challenges experienced by a panel of BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) scientists, taking place on 14 and 21 July.

The discussions have been organised by Kamillia Kasbi as part of her project aiming to increase visibility of BAME role models in science, which is supported by the Sussex Researcher Development Programme.

The panels will seek to highlight their success stories as BAME individuals in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), discuss the challenges they have faced, and open up conversations around what universities can do to improve the experience and support offered to BAME students.

Kamillia said: “Countless data has shown that a student’s race and ethnicity can significantly affect their degree outcomes and experiences at university. Of the disparities that exist within higher education, the gap between the likelihood of white students and students from Black, Asian or minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds getting a first- or upper-second-class degree is striking.

“Universities need to make more of an effort to actively encourage and remove barriers for BAME students to pursue further academic/career opportunities in STEM. I hope that by hosting events such as these, our students will see that there are many opportunities for them after they graduate.”

The My Story: Being BAME in STEM, the challenges and successes panels will see the scientists share their own experiences and there will be opportunities for students to ask them questions in an open discussion.

My Story: Being BAME in STEM

Tuesday 14th 15:00-16:30


  • Dr Geeta Hitch- Senior Lecturer In Pharmacy Practice, University of Sussex
  • Dr Huda Alfardus- Research Fellow Cardiovasc Cell Biology, University of Leeds
  • Dr Amma Simon- Research Associate, Keele University
  • Dr Deepak Kumaresan- Lecturer, Genetics and Molecular Biology, Queen’s University Belfast
  • Dr Aduragbemi Adesina- Senior Research Associate, University of East Anglia
  • Professor Bee Wee- National Clinical Director for End of Life Care, NHS
  • Dr Kok Choi Kong- Lecturer in Pharmacology & Anatomy, Queen Mary University of London

Book a place via the CareerHub here.

Tuesday 21st 15:00-16:30


  • Dr Nandini Vasudevan- Associate Professor in Endocrinology, University of Reading
  • Professor Shankar Srinivas- Professor of Developmental Biology, University of Oxford
  • Dr Maaya Modha-Patel- Senior Lecturer in Clinical Pharmacy, University of Sussex
  • Dr Mussa Quareshy- Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Warwick
  • Dr Calvin Tiengwe- Research Fellow, Imperial College London
  • Shane Lo Fan Hin- Lecturer in Chemistry, University of Sussex
  • Izzy Jayasinghe- Lecturer in Cardiovascular Sciences, University of Leeds

Book a place via the CareerHub here.

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By: Jessica Gowers
Last updated: Wednesday, 8 July 2020