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Ethnic minority students 'not reaching full potential'

Published: Tuesday, 22 January 2008   Category: Graduate Job sector Reports

Students from ethnic minorities are still graduating with lower than expected degree classifications, something that the universities need to address, a new report has claimed.

The report by The Higher Education Academy and Equality Challenge Unit backs evidence found by the former Department for Education and Skills last year that appears to suggest that coming from an ethnic group is having a negative effect on degree classification, the Guardian reports.

Buckinghamshire New University's vice-chancellor Dr Ruth Farwell said: "We should analyse our own data, take the outcomes of the analysis, look at our own practices, question our own practices and consider whether we in institutions could do things differently so that all students can benefit to the full from their higher education experience."

She added that approaches to teaching and assessment should be addressed as they could be stopping students from gaining the grades they are capable of, continues the report.

The University and College Union's (UCU) head of equality and employment rights Roger Kline said that it was "disappointing" that race still appeared to be a factor in degree results, and that additional work needs to be done to reverse this

The UCU represents more than 12,000 academic staff and postgraduates in a broad range of establishments across the UK.


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