Attainment Inequalities Workshop
Friday 31 January 2020 at 11am - 1pm

Attainment Inequalities Workshop

Planning Room, NUSU

The purpose of the workshop is to gather insight from our Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic students on the barriers that they face whilst studying at Newcastle University and how these barriers can contribute to gaps in degree attainment. Lunch is provided. To register your interest in attending this workshop, please let us know here

Data collected from Higher Education Institutions within the UK show that the gap in attaining a First-Class or Upper-Second-Class degree between White students and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) students has been persisted around 13% for the last two years (HESA, 2019). On closer inspection, this gap rises to 23% when comparing this attainment gap between White and Black students only (Ibid).

At Newcastle University, this gap in degree attainment between White and BAME students is 8.7% and disaggregating the data shows that the gap between White and Black students is 22.1% (NU, 2020). Furthermore, this inequality in attainment also affects the progression of graduates to positive destinations (highly skilled employment or further study at a higher level) and a double-digit gap may exist there as well (Ibid).

This damning disparity within HE and our university is generally considered to be ‘unexplained’ and to redress this problem, we are organizing an Attainment Inequalities Workshop on the 31st of January 2020. The workshop will take place from 11am-1pm in the Planning Room, which is located on the first floor of NUSU.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Aligning with the recommendation of the report by Universities UK (2019) on this matter, the purpose of this workshop is to gather insight from our BAME students on the barriers that they face whilst studying at Newcastle University and how these barriers can contribute to gaps in degree attainment and non-continuation rates compared to white students.

Pertinent members of staff from the university will be attending this workshop and be placed at themed stations (see below). Students will be invited to go around every station and engage in a dialogue with staff and peers and highlight issues, offer anecdotes and suggest any recommendations that may improve our work around that theme.

The various and broad themes will be covered at this workshop are -

  1. Mental Health (e.g. types of support, diversity in counsellors etc.)
  2. Culture (e.g. experiences of racism/discrimination, seeing if social spaces, like Freshers’ Week are inclusive)
  3. Learning (e.g. decolonising curriculum)
  4. Access and Transition (reasons for lower offer rates for BAME students, reasons certain faculties have less BAME students)
  5. Progress and Attainment (asking students what their predicted grades are and what degree grade they are aiming for)
  6. Destinations (students experiences of career support, their goal career, whether they plan to stay in education)

Please note that this is workshop is NOT an exercise in merely upkeeping the reputation of our university but is intended to be an impactful student-staff dialogical engagement in seeking and developing solutions to tackle this harmful inequality.

 

To register your interest in attending this workshop, please fill out this form.

 

 

Finishes at 13:00