Baroness Whitaker welcomed the speakers and participants to the House of Lords and the roundtable meeting and thanked Bucks New University—Professor Braisby for speaking, Professor Margaret Greenfields for driving the organisation of the event, and also to Gill Brown, special advisor to the project.
This roundtable was an opportunity for experts to share their lived experience of the challenges facing Gypsy, Traveller and Roma (GTR) and other travelling communities entering into Higher Education. It was well-recognised that GTR communities have the worst outcomes of any ethnic grouping in terms of health, housing, and education. These communities also continue to face significant levels of racism and prejudice both in society and from official institutions and agencies. Access to higher education offers a way through these injustices.
Baroness Whitaker welcomed Kalwant Bhopal, Professor of Education and Social Justice from the University of Birmingham who undertook the role of Chair of the event.