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

Jane Andrews, Suki Phull, Robin Clark

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSRHE Annual Research Conference
PublisherSociété Eropéenne pour la Formation des Ingénieurs
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2015
EventSRHE Annual Research Conference 2015: Converging Concepts in Global Higher Education Research: Local, national and international perspectives - Celtic Manor, Newport, United Kingdom
Duration: 9 Dec 201511 Dec 2015


ConferenceSRHE Annual Research Conference 2015
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


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