Diverse Student Representation – Engaging with Muslim student voices

Missed our webinar with Maisha Islam? Watch the replay and learn strategies for amplifying Muslim student voices and addressing their unique challenges in UK Higher Education. Gain valuable insights on fostering inclusivity and equity.
Maisha Islam

Event Overview

Delve into the crucial topic of diverse representation, with a special focus on Muslim student voices within UK Higher Education. Given the current socio-political climate, understanding the unique challenges faced by Muslim students, who represent just over 10% of the UK student population, is more pressing than ever.

Maisha, with her extensive research and advocacy for race and religious equality in Higher Education, will guide you through the complexities of Muslim student experiences, their sense of belonging, and how these factors influence their academic journey.

Key Topics Include:

  • The current landscape of Muslim student representation in UK HE and the significance of addressing their unique challenges.
  • An in-depth look at the ‘Muslim student degree-awarding gap’ and its implications for HE institutions.
  • Strategies for HE professionals, Students Unions, and sector bodies to enhance support for Muslim students.
  • Self-reflexive practices for attendees to implement religiously equitable practices within their own institutions.
  • A guide to resources and best practices for improving the Muslim student experience and fostering a sense of belonging.

What You’ll Gain:

  • A deeper understanding of the Muslim student experience and the impact on their academic voice and success.
  • Insights into the institutional and policy barriers affecting Muslim student participation in HE.
  • Practical strategies for developing religiously equitable practices within your institution.
  • Access to resources and best practices to support the Muslim student community

Catch the Replay:

Explore Maisha Islam’s expert insights and enrich your understanding of diverse student representation by watching the replay. Take steps towards engaging with Muslim student voices in your institution.


Maisha Islam

Maisha Islam

Doctoral College Research Culture Lead (Equality, Diversity and Inclusion) at the University of Southampton


Ashley Storer-Smith

Student Voice Manager at the University of Nottingham SU

Speaker Profile

Maisha Islam

Doctoral College Research Culture Lead (Equality, Diversity and Inclusion) at the University of Southampton

Maisha Islam is the Doctoral College Research Culture Lead (Equality, Diversity and Inclusion) at the University of Southampton, and is also studying for a professional doctorate in Education. Maisha’s main research interests lie in the area of racially minoritised students’ experience, and Muslim student sense of belonging/​student voice in Higher Education, where she presents, writes and has published on these topics. Maisha is heavily invested in the area of race and religious equality in Higher Education. For example, Maisha has investigated ​‘Asian’ student experience in relation to degree-awarding gaps and has sat on a Universities UK staff panels which developed guidance for universities tackling racial harassment and Islamophobia on campus. Additionally, she has completed a two-year term serving on the Office for Students’ Student Panel (2020–22) and is Co-Chair of a Steering Group for a Research England/​Office for Students funded programme seeking to improve access and participation of students in colour in postgraduate research study.

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