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Kingston University Reduces the BAME Gap

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Kingston University has made inroads in narrowing what has become known as the BAME attainment gap.

The university has seen the proportion of black and minority ethnic students (BAME) obtaining a first and upper-second class degree increase from 45% in 2012 to 70% in 2017.

For the past 5 years the gap between white and BAME students achieving top degree classes has fallen from 29.5 percentage points to 11, below the sector average of 15 points.

Owen Beacock, EDI student achievement manager, said: "We often hear about how the attainment gap for BAME students is explained away using factors such as a student's socio-economic background."

"But we stand against this and place the responsibility for improving it entirely with the institution, not the student."

This approach has resulted in a change of culture and approach across the whole university. This has resulted in the curriculum being tailored to reflect student concerns and the university fostering a more inclusive environment for all students.

Initiatives include more than 120 meetings between different course teams and those responsible for student achievement and diversity, along with student feedback continuously fed into decisions on the curriculum.

Mr Beacock added: "We were keen to create a conversation around race and attainment, where academics and staff can discuss these issues."