Drawing on findings from selected Advance HE reports and surveys, these sessions offer further insights and analysis into correlations between areas such as race, ethnicity and religion and awarding gaps, the student experience and governance. They will feature a panel of HE specialists and student representatives to provide insights into practices that work to address these issues and delegates will have the opportunity to discuss and share their own experiences and concerns within smaller breakout groups.
The privilege of student success: ethnicity awarding gaps in higher education
4 December 2020
Policy makers, practitioners and researchers are paying increasing attention to awarding gaps in Higher Education. Advance HE publishes data annually detailing the size of these gaps. For example, in the academic year 2018/19, 81.4% of white students received a first/2:1 compared with 68.0% of BAME students, representing a BAME degree awarding gap of 13.3 percentage points. Most concerning, there has been little change in the size of this gap since the publication of the first Advance HE statistical report in 2003/04.
This insight event will present the most up to date data on awarding gaps in UK HE highlighted by the 2020 Advance HE statistical report, with particular focus on ethnicity and race. But it is not enough to simply point to the current problem. The event will also convene important discussions about the barriers to achieving equal academic outcomes for students, and the practical steps that can be taken to finally start to reduce these gaps. We will discuss the reasons some groups of students have very high attainment at school, but not at university, and where there are pockets of good practice in UK HE. This will include contributions from experts and facilitated group discussions among attendees.