Understanding and overcoming the ethnicity attainment gap

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Understanding and overcoming the ethnicity attainment gap
Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) wants all their students, irrespective of background, to have a great learning experience and equal access to all development opportunities so that talent can be nurtured.
Research conducted by the Institute for Employment Studies produced evidence relating to the poor experience ethnic minority backgrounds students suffered in UK HEI’s and how “A student’s race and ethnicity can significantly affect their degree outcomes” [1]. The evidence showed a gap of 13% for a good qualification between ethnic minority backgrounds students and their white counterparts. Another study showed that the cause of ethnic minority backgrounds underperformance is complex and how finding a solution is difficult [2]. The observation of SCEBE academic staff, from assessment board results, also shows a significant attainment gap with these students. There is a lack of engagement and active/proactive participation in their studies. Moreover, feedback from present and former students indicates that ethnic minority backgrounds students are more likely to suffer from mental health issues during their studies, and additionally face more challenges to secure employment relevant to their degree. There is real need to explore the evidence and associated data to verify, confirm and identify the roots of the issue at GCU and other HEIs.
Thus, for the very first time in GCU we will scrutinise the performance of ethnic minority backgrounds students and explore further evidence and data to verify, confirm and identify the roots of the issue.
Information will be gathered from different sources (inside GCU and other institutions Survey and Focus group) and will be analysed and evaluated in order to diagnose the roots of the issue. The developing an achievable action plan and guideline, which will be communicated through the relevant University committees.
Collaboration with other institutions will also be undertaken to compare results and establish wider issues/trends around ethnic minority backgrounds students. It is anticipated findings will be published and shared with other HEIs to disseminate good practice and offer guidance.
This research project will comprise the following work packages (WP):
WP1: Critical data will be gathered from different sources such as planning, surveys and human resources form three GCU school. This key information will be analysed and discussed in order to explore the source of the issue. This data will be considered to gauge future issues.
WP2: The project will move to a discovery phase and focus group composed. The diverse group of students including different gender and race will be included in the focus group so intersectionality will be considered to study as well. They will be interviewed and offered to share their individual experiences.
WP3: The action plan, guidelines and proposed solutions will be developed and communicated through the relevant University committees (i.e.: industry advisory board, tackling racism, etc.) addressing identified issues.
WP4: The results will be published and shared with other institution to disseminate good practice and offer guidance.

[1] Universities UK (United Kingdom); National Union of Students (NUS) May 2019 “Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic student attainment at UK Universities”.
[2] Increasing Diversity Tackling underrepresentation of protected student groups in higher education End of programme report – January 2020 – Jess Moody and Professor Liz Thomas.


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UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

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