Our work to tackle the degree awarding gap

London Met will hold itself accountable to an agenda of meaningful pedagogic and systemic change, ensuring that success for our students is not dependent on assimilation and homogeneity. The Centre will enable us to examine and enhance all aspects of our academic provision and practices to ensure they support the creation of conditions where every individual can excel, fulfil their potential and become a positive force for social justice within the London economy.

Our work to tackle the awarding gap is organised around three main workstreams:

  • the introduction of the value-added score (VA) to accurately measure differential attainment of student groups, drive engagement of academic and professional teams, and identify contributing factors towards the awarding gap
  • the creation and adoption of an Education for Social Justice Framework (ESJ), which combines the principles of inclusive pedagogy with a progressive, values-based vision of a curriculum that reflects the mission of London Met. By embedding the values of social justice, compassion and inclusion throughout our pedagogy and student experience, the ESJ will ensure our curricula and practice align with the principles of equity, with who our students are, and the challenges facing London and its communities
  • a comprehensive Inclusive Behaviours training programme to enhance the knowledge and skills of staff on all aspects of racism, harassment, discrimination, inclusive pedagogy and our equality duties. The training workshops, coordinated by the University’s Centre for Professional and Educational Development include:
    • education for social justice pedagogy
    • equality essentials
    • bullying and harassment
    • cultural awareness
    • bias, discrimination and racism
    • White privilege
    • anti-oppression and anti-racism

As we take forward this work there will be much to be learned about both the contributing factors of the gap and the interventions that are most effective at raising the outcomes of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic students. 

We know that the focus of our attention must be on improving our practice, enhancing our provision and eliminating structural disadvantage within our processes. We will only achieve our goals by taking a whole institution approach to enhancing our inclusive culture and learning environment. We will be driven by data, research and proven practices from across the sector, and are committed to working with students as partners in all our activities along with the Students’ Union, academic and professional teams from across the institution, as well as local and sector partners.

Tackling the awarding gap is everyone’s responsibility.

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