The ‘ethnicity degree awarding gap’ is the difference between the percentage of white UK students awarded a first-class or 2:1 degree (what is known as a ‘good honours degree’) and the percentage of ethnically minoritised UK students awarded a first-class or 2:1 degree.
For our UK-domiciled students who completed their undergraduate courses in 2022, the aggregated total gap is -15.3 percentage points. What this means is that 79.5% of white students at Sheffield Hallam University were awarded a good honours degree as compared with 64.2% of ethnically minoritised students. However, there are variations across the university departments, with some subject areas having much smaller gaps and others with bigger gaps.
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. We believe all students should have access to equal opportunities in a fair, inclusive environment.
Sheffield Hallam University’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Sir Chris Husbands talks about 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”
This problem is not unique to Sheffield Hallam University. The graphs below show our position against the rest of the sector.