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BAME degree awarding gap

The ‘BAME degree awarding gap’ is the difference between the number of white UK students awarded first-class or 2:1 degrees compared to Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic UK students.

Research shows many factors can explain the difference in the final degree results for all students, including gender, socio-economic background and previous qualifications. However, when these factors are controlled, a gap based on the ethnicity still remains.

Sheffield Hallam University is committed to minimising and eventually removing this gap.

Our commitment to addressing the gap

Having a degree attainment gap between our white and our Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic students is unacceptable. Reducing and eradicating the gap requires sustained effort from all staff, working alongside our students.

– Professor Sir Chris Husbands, Vice-Chancellor.

We believe all students should have access to equal opportunities in a fair, inclusive environment.

Our dedicated Narrowing the Gaps team works with University staff and students to deliver targeted action to reduce the gap. These include improving institutional processes, enhancing the knowledge and skills of staff and students, and providing better support.

This problem is not unique to Sheffield Hallam. The graphs below show our position against the rest of the sector.

Good honours rates – Sheffield Hallam University versus rest of sector

Line graphs illustrating the difference between the good honours white and BAME students at Sheffield Hallam University versus the rest of the sector. The year is displayed along the X axis and the good honours rates are displayed on the Y axis. At Sheffield Hallam University, white students' good honours rates were 80.8% in 2016–17, 80.4% in 2017–18 and 81.6% in 2018–19 and BAME students' rates were 63.2%, 61.6% and 62.2% respectively. For the rest of the sector, white students' rates were 76.0% in 2016–17, 77.2% in 2017–18 and 77.3% in 2018–19 and BAME students' rates were 65.0%, 66.2% and 66.5% respectively.

Degree awarding gap – Sheffield Hallam University versus rest of sector

Bar chart illustrating the BAME degree awarding gap at Sheffield Hallam University versus the rest of the sector between 2016 and 2019. Percentage gap is along the X axis and year is displayed along the Y axis. Sheffield Hallam University had a BAME awarding gap of -17.6% in 2016–17, -18.8% in 2017–18 and -19.4% in 2018–19. The rest of the sector had a BAME awarding gap of -11.0% in 2016–17 and 2017–18 and -10.9% in 2018–19.

Find out more

You can read more about our work to reduce the gap here. If you want to find out more or get involved, email our Narrowing the Gaps team.

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