Transforming the higher education culture
Focused support for staff and students needed to transform higher education into a more inclusive culture
Older students, disabled staff and students, women and people from black and minority ethnic backgrounds need more focused support from their universities, according to our analysis of the latest staff and student equality statistics, published today in Equality in HE: statistical report 2014.
Our annual report presents national equality data on the age, disability, ethnicity and gender of staff and students in HE in 2012/13. It aims to focus universities’ attention on where action is needed.
The report was launched today during ECU’s national conference Achieving equality: transforming the HE sector, to an audience of over 200 delegates from across higher education.
David Ruebain, chief executive of ECU, said:
‘This year the data shows us that the sector is managing to reduce the ethnicity degree attainment gap, is providing a more inclusive and attractive environment for greater numbers of disabled students, and numbers of BME and female senior staff are slowly increasing.
However, universities need to be focussing on specific areas to take action if we are going to transform the culture of HE into one that is fair, inclusive, and offers the same chances to everyone.
The changes we need to make for female and BME staff and students are well researched and we continue to take action to actively make these changes. Additionally, we must continue to learn and address emergent challenges highlighted by the data, such as the different support needs of students from different age groups.’