BAME in Higher Education

Despite the fact that attendance of students from a BAME background are up 20% in the year 2016/2017, a recent report highlighted the attainment gap at universities with students from BAME backgrounds less likely to achieve a first or 2:1 degree, and how students are at a disadvantage throughout their time at university and also when applying for a job post-university.

Despite the great steps that have been made towards equality, it is shocking that in 2019 race and ethnicity impacts a students grade. White students who graduated in 2018 achieving a first or 2:1 degree were 13% more likely to do so than those from black, Asian, and minority ethnic backgrounds. Proving that there is a clear attainment gap, another report found that there is a gap of 28% of the grades achieved by different ethnicities. So what are higher education institutes doing to change?

BAME education infographic

Institutions are now required to publish data on admissions and attainment with this required to be broken down by ethnicity, gender, and background in a move which was set to enable universities and colleges to explain their current gap and highlight areas where they need to change and improve.

The report which highlighted the gap found cited the role that universities and the senior leadership team play in driving positive change in the sector and to improve inclusivity and grading for BAME students. Yet, initiatives at improving equality at universities and higher education institutions need to be driven towards a full strategy for inclusivity rather than programmes which lack real substance.

Take a look at the graphic to find out subjects BAME students are studying the most and which have a way to go in closing the gap, as well as the rising number of BAME students in apprenticeships.