Analysis of Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) statistics and the University of Kent’s profiling of students has revealed that the average marks achieved by students with some learner characteristics and/or background is poor considering their pre-university qualifications. It is difficult to explain why.

In brief, this research project is looking at ways the University of Kent can improve academic attainment for students whatever their learner characteristics and/or background. The aim is to provide an evidenced knowledge base about the reasons why attainment gaps might occur that the University can use to devise actions to address the issue. This is because the University of Kent is committed to equality, diversity and inclusivity (EDI). It’s crucial for us to improve our understanding of the issues that impact on student success, so that we can put in place effective measures that give all of our students every opportunity to fulfil their academic potential.

In line with OFFA guidance we are focussing on home undergraduate students. Both the Canterbury and Medway campuses are involved.
To help develop our understanding of the issues, we’re going to talk to students about their experiences of studying at the University of Kent so far. Our ultimate aim is to ensure that we have effective measures in place so that all of our students are given the every opportunity to fulfil their academic potential. We would love to hear from any staff members or students who have ideas they would like to contribute.