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Ethnicity and academic attainment – promoting student success

The Open University in London, 1-11 Hawley Crescent, Camden Town, London, NW1 8NP
23 June 2011 12:00-16:15

The Open University University will be hosting this seminar as part of the Access and Success for All strand of the 2010-11 Academy Seminar Series.

In 2008, The Open University agreed a strategic priority on ethnicity and attainment: ‘To conduct further research to understand the causes of the attainment gap...and act on the findings’.

In 2007/08, the ethnicity attainment gap at the Open University  was 19.4 percentage points. By 2008/09, the gap had reduced to 18.6 percentage points, and by 2009/10, it reduced further to 17.4 percentage points. Is this narrowing of inequality the result of efforts made by the University to better understand and respond to factors affecting attainment, or is the reduction in the gap a consequence of circumstances beyond our control?

This seminar will explore factors affecting attainment of ethnic minority students in Higher Education, drawing primarily on research findings at the Open University in the areas of language development, conceptions of learning, unintended bias and personal drive.

The seminar will present the University’s evidence-based response, focusing on five key areas: tutor support, student support, curriculum development, systems and information, research and evaluation.

Contributions will be sought from participants to present a more rounded view of factors affecting attainment and responses in other contexts, and work with participants to identify opportunities that will support a continued focus on ethnicity and attainment in a changing higher education environment.
30 free places are available on a first-come, first-served basis. To book a place, please email Dawn Patton directly.

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Dawn Patton
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