Attainment Gap

NUS Black Students Campaign is currently undertaking a follow up to 2011 NUS Race for Equality , this research seeks to understand the 2019 student experience of studying.

There are three prizes of £100 and four prizes of £50 up for grabs for students who complete the survey! And if there are over 100 respondents from your institution, your students’ union will receive individualised data, helping unions campaign on campus.

Please share the following link with your students: 

What is the Black Attainment Gap?

The Black Attainment Gap is the difference between Black and white students’ likelihood of achieving 2:1 or first class degrees at university. NUS has campaigned to highlight that the attainment gap is a symptom of underlying structural racial inequities. For many years universities have known this gap exists, but after many years of campaigning by NUS’ Black Students Campaign the sector accepts that universities can and must take steps to reduce it.

NUS continues to campaign on the Black Attainment Gap, and enable our members to make positive change on the race inequities that underpin the Black Attainment Gap within their own institutions at both HE and FE.

We have a variety of resources on the attainment gap, produced across the organisation both within and external to the Black students’ campaign:

We also have a variety of ongoing programmes of work and campaigning to make change on race equity in education:

Decolonise our institutions
NUS Black Students Campaign is supporting a community of activists, including students and academics, who are working on creating decolonised universities and creating a vision for a liberated education sector.

Resources for students’ unions
NUS is working on bringing together examples of good practice undertaken by students’ unions into resources on tackling the attainment gap. This may provide the grounding for a union development programme. Resources will be posted on this page – keep an eye out for further announcements!

Working with sector partners
NUS has been involved in working with various sector partners on aspects of the attainment gap and underlying race inequities. This has included working with Universities UK on highlighting to Vice-Chancellors the changes needed in the university sector to close the attainment gap, with a report due to be published in spring 2019.