Inclusive Attainment

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Courtesy of UAL

Attainment inequalities persist for certain groups of students across the Higher Education sector. At present, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME), international and working class undergraduates are less likely to achieve a first or upper second class degree than their counterparts, despite entering with the same qualifications.

These inequalities work at different levels, from the wider social and cultural structures underpinning English Higher Education, to the structures and cultures of individual universities, down to the daily interactions between individual students and staff. Causes for these inequalities are complex but four explanatory factors are identified by HEFCE: curricula and learning; relationships between staff and students; social, cultural and economic capital; psychosocial and identity factors.

We are committed to addressing these inequalities at UAL, and aim to ensure that all our students achieve their full potential. We do this by supporting staff to understand attainment inequalities more fully, offering an institutional framework to make the outcomes for students more equitable, and publicising UAL’s staff development offer in this area.  As part of this support, we have formed the UAL Attainment Programme: Learning for All. The programme has five work streams - for full details download UAL Attainment Programme: Learning for All (PDF 226KB).

Inclusive attainment contacts

The following contacts are available to provide you with information and guidance about developing inclusive attainment practices:

UAL Attainment Programme

Lucy Panesar
Educational Developer (Diversity and Inclusion)

Chelsea, Camberwell and Wimbledon

David Webster
Associate Dean of Learning Teaching Enhancement

Central Saint Martins

Jonathan Carson
Associate Dean of Student Experience and Enhancement

London College of Fashion

Terry Finnigan
Head of Student Attainment

London College of Communication

Zeynab Suka-Bill
Associate Dean of Progression, Attainment and Support

Arts Student Union

Hansika Jethnani
Education Officer

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