The University of Hull GTRSB into Higher Education Pledge
The University of Hull are proud to take the #GTRSBintoHE pledge as part of our commitment to supporting GTRSB students into and within higher education.
Here are at the Humber Outreach Programme we are committed to raising the aspirations of young people from less advantaged backgrounds through exciting and challenging opportunities, with the goal of increasing their awareness of and participation in further and higher education. This includes inspiring the GTRSB (Gypsies, Travellers, ROMA, Showmen and Boaters) community into higher education.
There are very few Gypsy, Traveller and Roma (GTR) university students and graduates in the UK, with an estimated average of 200 members of the communities in higher education at any one time (Greenfields, 2019; Mulcahy et. al. 2017). Ensuring support and access to Higher Education for members of these ethnic minority populations, and the wider group of students included under the ‘GTR’ rubric by the OfS (which includes students from New Traveller, Showman and Boater communities) is therefore a matter of social justice, impacting as it does, on greater access to employment, increased social mobility, enhanced opportunity and visibility and increased equality for members of the GTR populations.
We are ecstatic to announce that our partner The University of Hull commits to the GTRSB Pledge to support Gypsy, Roma, Traveller, Showman and Boater students accessing and participating in Higher Education.
The University’s Strategy 2030 recognises that to achieve a more equitable and sustainable society, inclusive social and economic development is essential; this is the case both for the Humber and globally. Persistent injustices exist across many different areas of society, including: the inhumanity of modern slavery and exploitation; inequalities in education and health outcomes; and regional disparities in employment opportunities and economic security. This is why the University is motivated by the desire to lead creative change at the forefront of social justice.
The University also recognises the unique individual experiences of Gypsy, Roma, Traveller, Showman and Boater students, and how these may inhibit access and participation in higher education. It will seek to encourage access and participation, and fulfil the commitments of the Pledge. For more information on how the University of Hull will deliver on its pledge: http://bit.ly/HullPledge