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
Degree awarding gap – Sheffield Hallam University versus rest of sector
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.