A student’s identity within Higher Education plays a critical role in their degree outcome, wellbeing, sense of self, and employability. These all contribute to students’ ability to excel. Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) students have been vastly underrepresented in HE and an increasing focus on the participation of BAME students has been positive. However, a vast body of research has revealed a highly concerning outcome for BAME students in Higher Education institutions, known as the BAME attainment gap.
In 2015 ECU reported that BME graduates were 15.2% less likely to receive a first or 2:1 in comparison to their white classmates. The degree attainment gap has persisted for at least the last decade, and it will require a variety of different initiatives and approaches to address entrenched racial inequalities.
Here at CUSU, we want to close the attainment gap! We're conducting research to understand the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic student experience, to address inequalities and take action where changes need to be made.
We have already interviewed a number of students which has already made a huge impact.
We want to hear from a wide range of students, to understand the key areas of the student experience at Coventry University that may influence a student’s sense of belonging.
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