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Kingston University is pleased to have been awarded funding for their leadership and involvement in the following projects that focus on addressing barriers to student success.

Office for Students: Catalyst Fund

Using a value added metric and an inclusive curriculum framework to address the black and minority ethnic attainment gap

Office for StudentsKingston University is proud to have been awarded £500,000 by the Office for Students (OfS) to help increase the number of students from black and minority ethnic backgrounds who achieve good degrees. The Kingston University-led project, which secured the maximum amount of funding available from the OfS Catalyst Fund, will expand on the institution's work in identifying why fewer black and minority ethnic (BME) students achieve First or 2:1 degrees compared with their fellow white students - a discrepancy known nationally as the BME attainment gap.

This project aims to cascade Kingston University's successful institutional approach to reducing the BME attainment gap - founded on two interconnected, innovative, action-oriented interventions, the value added (VA) metric and the inclusive curriculum framework (ICF) - to five other universities - De Montfort, Greenwich, Hertfordshire, UCL and Wolverhampton - and the further education college NESCOT.

Find out more about Kingston University's value added score and inclusive curriculum framework (ICF).

Maximising student success through the development of self-regulation

This project led by the University of Southampton in collaboration with the University of Surrey and Kingston University uses a research-informed approach to support the implementation of a self-regulatory assessment approach.

The project aims to build a shared interdisciplinary understanding of effective assessment feedback practice through engaging students and staff in partnership to:

  • develop self-regulatory abilities as part of sustainable practice;
  • support students in realising their full potential though development of their self-regulatory skills;
  • promote sustainability and efficiency agendas; and
  • enable capacity building and shared understandings of what constitutes 'good'.

OfS case studies

Sector-leading and innovative practice in advancing equality and diversity

Following OfS's call for evidence of sector-leading and innovative practice in advancing equality and diversity, Kingston University is proud to have the following case studies published in the Equality Challenge Unit's report:

Higher Education Academy Collaboration

Bridging the gap and sharing the learning

Higher Education AcademyThe Higher Education Academy in its commitment to excellence in teaching and the improvement of learning outcomes has supported Kingston University to explore (in collaboration with University of Hertfordshire and University of Wolverhampton) effective institutional strategic approaches to closing the BME attainment gap. This includes understanding the transferability of the value-added (VA) metric developed at Kingston University, a metric that powerfully highlights differences in attainment which cannot be explained by student entry qualifications or the subject of study.

"This project has been an exciting opportunity for Kingston, Hertfordshire and Wolverhampton universities to explore our approaches to the BME attainment gap and learn from each other" 
Nona McDuff, Kingston University

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Our Inclusive Curriculum Framework ensures that all our students achieve their potential by seeing themselves reflected in the curriculum that they experience.