The attainment gap between students from different backgrounds has now been accepted as a real and urgent issue for the HE sector. However, strategies for addressing this remain underdeveloped and solutions are not straightforward. Dr Jason Arday, Durham University (and formerly University of Roehampton) will explore how power and privilege within HE maintain a white, Eurocentric culture that marginalises and disadvantages black students, particularly those from working-class backgrounds.
Nona McDuff OBE, Southampton Solent University, will explain the approach taken in her previous post at Kingston University in addressing these issues, the unexpected outcomes and the positive impact of the measures that were introduced. Embedded and reflexive evaluation of the new interventions is a key element of success in this area and will be a focus at this session.