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This collaborative project builds on existing good practice within institutions to address the black and minority ethnic (BME) attainment gap.

The institutions involved are:

Kingston University
University of Wolverhampton
University of Hertfordshire
NESCOT Further Education College
De Montfort University
University of Greenwich
University College London

Kingston’s successful institutional approach to reducing the BME attainment gap is founded on two interconnected innovative action-oriented interventions: a value added (VA) metric and the inclusive curriculum framework (ICF).

The VA metric powerfully highlights differences in attainment which cannot be explained by student entry qualifications or the subject of study. This is a tool which moves discussions beyond the student deficit model, leading to effective action and cultural change.

The user-friendly ICF ensures success for all students through three principles that require the curriculum:

  • to be accessible
  • to reflect students’ backgrounds
  • to prepare them to positively contribute to a global and diverse workplace.

Our studentsThis collaboration will provide the sector with systematic and strategic initiatives to address the gap by:

  • validating initiatives recognised by the sector as good practice through key partners
  • replicating methodologies and training staff in the collaboration
  • transmitting and embedding these in existing institutional mechanisms and quality assurance
  • identifying the conditions which need to be in place to ensure these initiatives contribute to student success
  • identifying key partner initiatives that can enhance the VA and ICF.

Catalyst funding 

Total project funding  £1,130,275
Project contact name  Nona McDuff
Project contact email
Project contact telephone  020 8417 4494

See a complete list of all funded projects

Page last updated 22 August 2017