Gypsy, Traveller, Roma, Showman and Boater (GTRSB) into Higher Education Pledge

The Gypsy, Traveller, Roma, Showman and Boater GTRSB into Higher Education Pledge demonstrates a commitment to undertake steps to support GTRSB students and colleagues.

The Pledge was developed after consultation with members of the GTRSB community, civil society organisations, university representatives, and education policy specialists. It has been underpinned by research findings, and consideration of effective widening participation interventions in supporting members of the communities into and within HE. More information about the Pledge can be found here.

At USW, we recognise the barriers that there are in accessing Higher Education for Gypsy, Roma, Traveller, Showman and Boater communities. We pledge that:

  • We will create equitable spaces, tackle stigmas and remove barriers. We will achieve this through a shared sense of belonging and co-production with colleagues, students and the communities we serve.
  • We will ensure that our actions are embedded into the development and implementation of our Strategic Equality Plan 2024-2028, aligned to USW the 2030 Strategy. We aim to have an inclusive workplace environment that supports diversity and promotes collaboration and well-being.

We will fulfil our commitments to the Pledge, by undertaking a number of measures.

Data

  • Improving data collection, so USW can monitor the number of Gypsy, Traveller, Roma, Showmen and Boater students and colleagues currently at the University as part of our Annual Equality Reporting.
  • Seeking ways to empower and enable students and colleagues to self-identify at application stage and throughout their journey at USW.

Organisational and Institutional Culture

  • Ensuring clear communication that bullying and harassment of the GTRSB community is reportable through our Report + Support platform.
  • Ensuring the Ethnicity Equality Bursary will include access for GTRSB communities.
  • Ensuring appropriate actions and measures are reflected in the University’s Differential Outcomes action plan including inclusive curriculum principles and assessment reflective of the needs of GTRSB community.
  • Ensuring effective decolonising the curriculum.
  • Creating an inclusive induction programme that creates a sense of belonging for all colleagues and students.
  • Making cultural awareness training and inclusive behaviours training available to all colleagues.
  • Ensuring clear guidance, signposting and access to Study Skills Support and Wellbeing for GRTSB students through Learning and Student Services.
  • Offering access to personal Academic Coaching with a particular focus on engaging underrepresented students and peer to peer support and mentoring through Learning Services.
  • Ensuring the GTRSB community is incorporated into our institutional policies and activities for equality and diversity, and bullying and harassment.
  • Providing a dedicated contact for GTRSB colleagues and students: Head of UK Student Recruitment (students); Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Manager (colleagues).

Outreach and engagement

  • The University’s Student Recruitment Team (Schools and Colleges Liaison Team) will deliver targeted outreach programme for Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority students with a clear focus on engaging young people from GTRSB communities. They will work in collaboration with Reaching Wider, Local Education Authorities, key contacts within schools and colleges, and third party organisations including Travelling Ahead, the Bridges Traveller Project and Gypsies and Travellers Wales.
  • The Student Recruitment Team will design and deliver a multi-intervention outreach and engagement programme to promote access to and participation in higher education specifically for the GRTSB community, with annual reporting against Fee and Access Plan targets and as part of Strategic Equality Plan 2024-2028 reporting.

Inclusion, celebration and commemoration

  • We will ensure that the University recognises and celebrates significant celebratory and commemorative dates throughout the academic year through our Inclusion Calendar.