Supporting BAME learners

The Widening Access Team are committed to ensuring that our offer targets students from a wide variety of backgrounds. It is important that we continue to do this to ensure fair and equitable access to higher education.   

We will continue to prioritise learners from Widening Participation backgrounds which includes students from Black or Asian communities. Priority places will be awarded on our events for students who meet this, and other Widening Participation criteria.   

According to research by the Office for Students, in 2018/19 60% of black students achieved a good honours degree compared to 82.1% of white students, a gap of 22.1 percentage point. We also know that more black students discontinue their studies than any other ethnic group. This outlines how important our work is and continues to be for Black and Asian students, not only to access our events, but to engage with staff and students who can act as positive role models on events for these students.   

If you would like more information, please contact your Widening Access Officer contact or the Widening Access team on

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Find out more about the University’s approach to supporting BAME students

The University of Derby is committed to eliminating unexplained gaps in continuation (6.8pp), degree outcomes (16.3pp) and progression (6.6pp) between white and black students by 2024-25 as detailed in our Access and Participation Plan.

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