Disparities in Student Attainment (DiSA) Project

Disparities in Student Attainment

The Disparities in Student Attainment (DiSA) Project is a joint study between the University of Wolverhampton and Coventry University which will explore the gap between the attainment of black minority ethnic (BME) and white students across the two universities.

This exploration centres on two key recommendations in a report produced by the Equality Challenge Unit and Higher Education Academy (2008).

On 18th June 2012, DiSA organised a one-day conference, Touching Hearts and Minds: Tackling Disparities in Student Attainment.

The Disparities in Student Attainment (DiSA) programme has been funded by the HEA and investigated by the Universities of Wolverhampton and Coventry, under the direction of Professor Glynis Cousin.  The programme has produced a wealth of findings about how disparities in student attainment can arise; the most evident of these revolving around the quality of relationships that students have with their lecturers. The Hearts and Minds Conference (June 18th) presents this finding in depth, exploring all aspects of student and lecturer relationships, the impact this has on attainment and thus the attainment gap.  The day will also provide the opportunity to explore theoretical issues apropos to disparities in attainment, such as raciality and post-race.

via University of Wolverhampton
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