Higher education, equality & ethnicity:the attainment gap – what should we be doing?

Andrews, Jane; Phull, Suki and Clark, Robin Higher education, equality & ethnicity:the attainment gap – what should we be doing? IN: SRHE Annual Research Conference. Société Eropéenne pour la Formation des Ingénieurs.

Abstract

This brief paper draws upon part of the findings of a HEA Sponsored evaluation of work conducted in 8 Universities across UK aimed at addressing the attainment gap between BME and White students. Following a grounded theory approach, semi-structured interviews with staff at each of the institutions were analysed and three main themes identified: Organisational Sensitivities: Language: and, Ownership. This paper provides a brief discussion of the issues identifying two areas where positive change is needed in institutional practice. The conclusion highlights the complexities of the underlying issues impacting and shaping the Attainment Gap before reaffirming the need to identify and evaluate which interventions are most likely to be transferable across the Sector so as to address the issues and thus enhance the experiences of all students.

Divisions: Engineering & Applied Sciences > Engineering systems & management
Engineering & Applied Sciences > Engineering Education research group
Event Title: SRHE Annual Research Conference 2015
Event Type: Other
Event Location: Celtic Manor
Event Dates: 2015-12-09 - 2015-12-11

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