Presentation on theme: "Practical Recipes for Student Success – closing the student attainment gap at the University of Derby Jean Mutton, Student Experience Project Manager,"— Presentation transcript:
1 Practical Recipes for Student Success – closing the student attainment gap at the University of DerbyJean Mutton, Student Experience Project Manager,HERAG Think Tank, 23rd June 2014
2 Black, minority ethnic students OverviewThis presentation will cover:BME attainment gap - backgroundResearch/horizon scanningDerby approachPReSSResultsWhat next for Derby?Q/ABlack, minority ethnic students= BME students
3 Derby UniversityDerby is a modern (post 1992) university with a diverse student body of 23,000 +1 in 5 define themselves as ‘Black Minority Ethnic’ (inc International, EU and Home students)Widening Participation agenda across HENationally, the ‘good honours’ (1st or 2i) attainment gap of UK-domiciled BME students in 2010/11 was 18.4% we asked - what is the picture at Derby?(Ref: ECU ‘Equality in HE: statistical report 2012’)
5 BME Attainment GapThe educational attainment gap in schools has a significant impact on who actually goes to university.There is already a significant gap by the age of 5.Children from poor backgrounds are only half as likely to go to university as their more affluent counterpartsIn higher education the ‘social’ and ‘gender’ gaps persist and can be subject specificThe biggest attainment gap within higher education exists between white indigenous students and BME studentsSource: Abrahams, D. (2012)
6 Post Racial and Super Diversity… ”it is crucial that we don’t restrict our notion of diversity to issues of ethnicity, faith and immigration status – as though it were in a separate silo from other kinds of diversity – disability, gender, age and sexual orientation – which is what people in the equality field also mean when they talk about equality of opportunity and inclusion” Dr. Sarah Spencer (Senior Fellow) Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS)Remove labels and move away from the “deficit model” to a model that makes positive use of ‘social’ and ‘cultural capital’Move from ‘integration’ to ‘inclusion’. Much current practice is the former……
7 Horizon Scanning for Solutions We looked across the sector, internationally, nationally and here at Derby for best practice and research into what works.We joined the Higher Education Race Action group HERAG which is an HE group looking into race in HE, staff and studentsWe made contact with staff in other universities who were researching into BME attainment through networks such as RAISE‘Disparity in Student Attainment Project (DISA)A joint venture between Coventry and WolverhamptonAll Parliamentary Party Group Inquiry response.
8 Psychological Processes Cultural and Social Capital One WayVsTwo WayStudent PedagogiesQuality of RelationshipsFit to SubmitAssignment TypesAssignment BriefInterlocutorsEmpathic PedagogiesRelationship with the UniversityBlind MarkingSupport SignpostingDissertation MarkingAutonomy in LearningFeedbackSubmission Type FlexibilitySpiky Degree ProfilesIndividualisationInternal vsexternalFolk pedagogiesLocus of ControlBeing and becomingTrustUnderstanding ClassificationAspiration RaisingEncouraging Responsibility and AccountabilitySupportRole ModelsUniversity Culture at HomeStudents: Vox PopsPygmalion EffectInformation for ParentsRelationshipsAcademic ProcessesPsychological ProcessesCultural and Social Capital
9 BME Attainment Gap at Derby Targets ‘Good Hons’2011/122012/132013/142014/152015/162016/17BME31%33%35%40%45%50%OTHER61%62%63%64%65%Attainment Gap30%28%27%23%19%15%
10 BME Attainment Gap at Derby BME attainment gap for 2011/12 by individual module grade
11 What Works? No Magic Bullet Post-racial, inclusive approach required A suite of different strategies requiredConfidence and aspiration raisingDevelopment of inclusive teaching practices and promotion of a partnership approach - (anticipatory and proactive)Continual enhancement of assessment methods and approaches including the promotion of assessment choiceDevelopment of inclusive feedback approachesPromotion of discipline specific academic writing skillsBe reflective – review strategies regularly and ensure the needs of ALL learners are being met
12 Easy for staff to access and use PReSSEasy for staff to access and usePacks are downloadable as word documents for easy customisationBlog format allows users to post feedback and suggestions
13 The Derby Approach PReSS! But also… …Preparing to Start University (VO)…Students as partners…Students as mentors…Transition Pedagogies…And more!
17 ReferencesAbrahams, D. (2012) Educational attainment in BME communities [accessed 6th May 2013]QAA (2007) Subject benchmark statement Education Studies (2nd edition) [accessed 6th May 2013]QAA (2013) UK quality code for higher education chapter B4: enabling student development and achievement. [accessed 6th May 2013]Singh, G. (2013) Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) attainment: interventions and next steps [accessed 6th May 2013]Spencer, S. (2012) Super diversity and the city [accessed 6th May 2013]