The University of Wolverhampton has received £190,000 to
carry out research into the attainment levels of students from
The joint study with Coventry University will explore the gap
between Black minority ethnic (BME) and white students across the
The universities successfully bid for funding for the project
from the Higher Education Academy (HEA).
Professor Glynis Cousin, Director of the Institute for Learning Enhancement, will lead
the research at Wolverhampton with Dr Gurnam Singh heading up the
project at Coventry.
Professor Cousin said: “We are delighted to have received
funding to carry out research in this important area. It is
anticipated that discovering ways of closing the attainment gap
will enable all students to reach their highest potential.”
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.
The study centres on two key recommendations in a report
produced by the Equality Challenge Unit and Higher Education
One of the recommendations calls for institutional research to
inform curriculum design and the other calls for this design to
involve students and teachers. The new project will therefore
gather and analyse institutional and student experience data.
The researchers will aim to identify characteristics of
successful attainment; curriculum design principles which are
inclusive; BME student experience case studies and useful web
Professor Cousin was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship last
year for her contribution to learning and teaching, which enabled
her to bid for the funding from the HEA. The project was one of
only 11 to receive funding in the latest round.
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