BME Attainment Gap Campaign

This campaign looks at the University of Portsmouth’s 14.4%* attainment gap and aims to raise awareness as well as ensure that we directly tackle the attainment gap through various activities such as a mentoring scheme, lobbying the university to diversify their curriculum and working on better outreach to young people in our own local community.

Introduction

This campaign was launched after the success of the University’s first ever BAME network. This campaign looks at the University of Portsmouth’s 14.4%* attainment gap and aims to raise awareness as well as ensure that we directly tackle the attainment gap through various activities such as a mentoring scheme, lobbying the university to diversify their curriculum and working on better outreach to young people in our own local community. 

Why it is important to address the gap

The gap between white students who receive a ‘good’ degree classification (this is either a 2:1 or a 1st) and their BME counterparts is on average 14.4%* at the University of Portsmouth. As an institution that is gaining points on the league tables and excelling in certain courses we need to be tackling a gap which is unacceptable. Through the correct strategies and campaigns this gap can be reduced and removed.

Campaign Activities

Lobbying the University

Throughout the campaign there will be various opportunities to lobby the University of Portsmouth. This will include lobbying to diversify course reading materials, as well as supporting BME students to attend career enhancing events. As this lobbying activities requires more support it will become more prominent and further information will be posted on the campaign page.

If you'd like to find out more about the lobbying efforts, and possibly get involved, please email studentvoice@upsu.net.

Campaign Timeline

​October 2017

First BAME network event

January 2018

Launch of the BME Attainment Gap campaign

January 23 2018

Second BAME Network event

May 2018

Paper taken to the university student experience committee

October 2018​

BAME Network for the 18/19 academic year

Glossary of Terms

  • BME: Black Minority Ethnic
  • BAME: Black and Asian Minority Ethnic.
  • Attainment Gap: This is the gap in academic performance and educational attainment between groups of students. In this case this would be white students and their BME counterparts.
  • Good degree classification: A 2:1 or a 1st.