Project title

An investigation into BAME attainment, exploring the factors that impact on low grades of BAME students at the University of Northampton.



The BAME student population in the UK has changed radically in recent years, this is significantly pronounced at the University of Northampton (UoN).

The gap between White and BAME leavers in graduate level work was over 20% in 2016.

This project will examine the barrier impacting Black student attainment, focussing on engagement with professional services teams but also potential barriers extending from the wider Northampton community.    


Priorities for funding 

The project will focus on BAME attainment and grades, mainly looking at the way in which students from BAME backgrounds, especially males, access support services like the academic librarian and Learning development.

It will also look at the impact and effect of the surrounding community (Northampton) on attainment, addressing questions such as:

  • Can or do BAME students stay in Northampton or do they commute, and what impact does this have on attainment?
  • Is Northampton welcoming enough?
  • Do students from BAME communities feel safe in Northampton?