This is a joint study between the University of
Wolverhampton and Coventry University which will explore the gap
between the attainment of black minority ethnic (BME) and
white students across the two universities.
This one day conference, explored the findings of the DiSA
project and looked at the gap between the attainment of
black minority ethnic (BME) and white students across Coventry and
Wolverhampton Universites. The presentations, videos and
posters from the day are now available on the DiSA Conference website.
The project will examine modules where attainment by BME
students is high in order to identify characteristics of success.
It will also look at subject modules with an ethnically mixed group
of students. Changes to teaching and learning methods will be
trialled by module leaders, students and other colleagues.
Attainment variation within and across the modules will then be
analysed, taking into account gender, entry qualifications and
internal ethnic variation within BME groups.
This exploration centres on two key recommendations in a report
produced by the Equality
Challenge Unit and Higher Education Academy (2008).
One of these recommendations calls for
systematic institutional research to inform curriculum design
and the other calls for this design to involve students and
teachers. Thus the project will gather and analyse institutional
and student experience data to inform action research
initiatives. Module leaders, students, education developers
and Subject Network colleagues will formulate changes to raise
attainment in ethnically mixed module populations. These
changes will be trialled through twelve action research iterations.
Analysis of effects will concern attainment variation within and
across module populations and be mindful of gender, entry
qualifications and internal ethnic variation within BME
groups. It is anticipated that discovering ways of closing
the attainment gap will benefit all students to reach their highest
This project was awarded
National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS) funding in 2010.
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