Awarding Gap

The Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Awarding Gap is the percentage difference between BAME and White students who achieve a 1st Class Classification and 2:1 Classification for their Undergraduate studies.


There is a disparity in grades awarded to BAME students compared to White students as a result of structural imbalances and systematic failures in Higher Education – limiting BAME student’s ‘success’ while having little to no barriers for white students.

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.

To read more on UoG’s aims for the Awarding Gap, please click here Reiterate the importance of Greenwich being passionate about providing equal opportunities for all students to progress, succeed and show their skills regardless of background


Inclusivity Consultants

The Inclusivity Consultants (IC) are student-staff who are running focus groups across all programmes to gather information and data on BAME students academic experience. The ICs aim is to understand the barriers students face in their education, their thoughts, feelings and emotions about their taught content and any recommendations for the programme.

Once the focus groups have been completed, the ICs will find common patterns and trends across programmes, schools, and faculties to report back to the programme leader and UoG.

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



What action is GSU taking?

GSU are committed to gather a deeper understanding of our BAME student members and their academic journeys. The ICs are raising awareness of the awarding gap through talks, focus groups, talks with academic staff and being accessible for students to share their academic experiences. 

GSU will get in contact with academic staff about the focus groups they will be conducting. Please note that all programmes across the university will be having focus groups within the next few years, align with the UoG 2030 Awarding Gap timeline.

Please get in contact with Emma Caney, Senior Academic Communities and Representation Coordinator, if you would like to chat about your Awarding Gap or would like a focus group for your programme.

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