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Did you know?

Impact of race in university success - Study underlines persistent attainment gap

The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) has released a study of the achievements of 130,000 students from universities and colleges across England up to August 2011.

The study found that there is significant variation in degree outcome for students with different ethnicities. 72% of white students who entered higher education with A-level grades of BBB gained a first or upper second class degree. This was 56% for Asian students and 53% for Black students entering with the same A-level grades.

The HE sector has been aware of this attainment gap for some time, with sector organisations and many institutions undertaking work to investigate the causes and solutions.

ECU’s chief executive David Ruebain said:

‘Most recent figures show that the overall ethnicity attainment gap has in fact decreased for two consecutive years, but it is clear that HEIs need to fully acknowledge the issue and commit to improving support so that all students are able to achieve to their potential, whatever their ethnicity.'

The overall percentage of BSU staff who gave their ethnic origin as Black or Minority Ethnic in 2009/10 was 3.6%

According to the Equality and Human Rights Commission review, How Fair is Britain:

  • In England, the best performing group are Chinese girls; even those on FSM outperform all other ethnic groups whether on FSM or not. The worst performing group is Gypsy and Traveller children. Their performance is declining. Less than 1 in 6 obtain at least five good GCSEs.
  • Ethnic minority students are up as a proportion of university students to 23% in 2009 (in line with their proportion in that age group).
  • Around a third of Black students get a first or upper-second class degree, compared to two-thirds of White Students.

APPG race and community

The first oral evidence session of the all-party parliamentary group on race and community's inquiry into higher education and race took place on 28 January 2014.

The session concentrated on student access, attainment and employment and heard evidence from Professor Les Ebdon, director of the Office for Fair Access and Nicola Dandridge, chief executive of Universities UK, alongside representatives from National Union of Students and Million+.

The second session will focus on race equality for staff, and ECU will be giving evidence to the committee. ECU has also submitted written evidence to the committee.

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