Awarding Gap

The Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Awarding Gap is the difference between BAME and White students getting a ‘good degree’ (1st or 2:1). 

Greenwich Students’ Union (GSU) believes that the Awarding Gap isn’t due to the academic ability of BAME students but due to the structural imbalances and systemic failures within Higher Education. There are certain barriers that have a greater impact on particular groups of students and limit their chances of success.

GSU believes that everyone should have the chance to benefit from Higher Education if they choose to. All students should have equal opportunities to succeed and progress, regardless of their background.


Meet the Inclusivity Consultants

Neha Ilyas  

Programme: Business with Marketing 


Carl Williams  

Programme: Politics and International Relations


Steph Larkin

Programme: Politics and International Relations


Zhai Cortez

Programme: Politics and International Relations



What action is GSU taking?



Raising awareness of the awarding gap

GSU wants to raise awareness of the awarding gap and lobby the University to do more to address the Awarding Gap.

GSU held an exhibition to raise awareness of the BAME Awarding Gap and to let students know about the project and what is being done to address this issue. You can find the PDF version of the exhibition below!



Inclusivity Consultants

Inclusivity Consultants are student-staff who can provide consultations for staff on inclusive practices, run focus groups with students to understand the barriers they face in their educaiton, and get other students involved in closing the BAME Awarding Gap. 

The Inclusivity Consultants provide audits of modules and programmes using the Inclusive Curriculum Audit Tool (ICAT). Consultants review materials such as programme handbooks, module guides, assessment instructions and online materials, before providing Module Leaders with a report and recommendations. 

GSU are also here to share best practice regarding what academics and different departments are doing to address the Awarding Gap. We would love to hear what you are doing!

If you would like to book a consultation with an Inclusivity Consultant, assess what you can do to address the awarding gap or simply find out more about the work of Inclusivity Consultants and GSU in addressing the Awarding Gap please email

Please use the inclusivity checklist to assess the inclusivity of your Programme before contacting the Inclusivity Consultants. You can download the form below and send it back to

Inclusivity Checklist


Find out what the University is doing to address the Awarding Gap.

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