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Drive to maximise outcomes for students at the University of West London

The University of West London (UWL) is taking a leading role in a national drive to improve educational outcomes by tackling gaps in attainment affecting some groups of students.

The project, which will be run in partnership with the University of Derby and Southampton Solent University, has been awarded £439,307 by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). Sixty four higher education providers across the country are taking part in 17 projects, in total.

Student groups affected by differential outcomes highlighted in previous HEFCE research will particularly benefit from this project. These groups include black and minority ethnic students, students from lower socio-economic backgrounds, disabled students - including those presenting with mental health issues and specific learning difficulties - mature students and part-time students.

The programme focuses on scaling up activities which have already proved effective. It will identify how good practise and interventions can be validated, replicated, transmitted and embedded across a wider range of providers. Projects will generate evidence across inclusive teaching and learning practises, employability, learning analytics and wellbeing.

UWL Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education), Professor Nick Braisby, said: ‘This vitally important project reflects our values as a University with open doors and a warm welcome to anyone that can benefit from higher education. We look forward to continuing our collaboration with the Universities of Derby and Southampton Solent to strengthen our support and enhance the chances of all members of our student community. In addressing attainment gaps, this project will have significant impact in the higher education sector.’

HEFCE Chief Executive, Madeleine Atkins, said: ‘The significant response from higher education providers to this funding call demonstrates their commitment to ensuring all students benefit from a vibrant, inclusive, world-class higher education experience. Funding this programme will support real progress towards closing the unacceptable differences in outcomes between groups of students.

‘We look forward to working with providers to make sure this targeted, evidence-led investment maximises outcomes for students – contributing to improved productivity and social mobility and, of course, individual opportunities.’

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