The Project

The Kingston University led collaboration was formed in September 2016 and successfully granted £499, 956 worth of funding from the Office for Students under its Catalyst Project fund in March 2017. Working in partnership with five other partners, the collaboration sought to combine a wide mix of universities including a Russell group and a number from the London area to investigate the potential London effect on BME attainment. The institutions involved were University of Wolverhampton, University of Hertfordshire, De Montfort University, University of Greenwich and University College London.

The principal aim of the project was to see if the Kingston University developed Value Added score and Inclusive Curriculum Framework, which demonstrated high levels of success in addressing the BME attainment gap for Kingston, could be transferred to other institutions to address their BME attainment gaps.

The project was managed centrally at Kingston and was delivered by a team of specialists who conducted training and supported the roll-out of these initiatives at the partner institutions

The cross-disciplinary project team met face to face every 2/3 months to share successes and learnings. The development of this community of practice led to the expansion of activities outside the project scope, including the student curriculum consultant programme and the delivery of a special edition of Greenwich’s Compass journal.

The collaboration institutions have agreed to continue this community of practice post-project, with project leads continuing to share ongoing good practice to address the attainment gap.

The Project Team

Dr Helen Barefoot
University of Hertfordshire Deputy Director of the Learning and Teaching Innovation Centre
Owen Beacock

Kingston University
BME Attainment Gap Project Manager

Evans Bhobho

University of Hertfordshire
Race Equality Project Officer

Dr Christine Couper

University of Greenwich
Director of Strategic Planning

Dr Julie Evans

Faculty Tutor, Brain Sciences

Emma Fegan

Kingston University
Strategic Programmes and Collaborations Manager

Dr Phil Gravestock

University of Wolverhampton
Dean of the College of Learning and Teaching

Chris Hall

De Montfort University
Head of Equality and Diversity

Annie Hughes

Kingston University
Head of Academic Staff Development



Nona McDuff

Kingston University
Director for Student Achievement

Kaushika Patel

De Montfort University
Deputy Dean, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

Mandy Stevenson

University of Greenwich
Deputy Head, Department of Family Care & Mental Health

John Tatam

Kingston University
BME Attainment Gap Advisor

Paulette Williams

Head of Student Success Projects