TASO Evaluation Project

Investigators: Barbara Adewumi, Kathleen Quinlan, and Ellen Dowie  


As part of the increasing success of the Reading List Diversity Mark Project in Phase 1, Professor Kathleen M. Quinlan from the Centre of the Study for HE (CSHE) with Co-Investigators Dr Barbara Adewumi and Dr Ellen Dowie from Student Success, have been awarded £60,000 from the Centre for Transforming Access and Student Outcomes (TASO) to evaluate the impact of the Diversity Mark initiative in the SSPSSR Diversity Mark Project on the degree-awarding gap between white and Black, Asian and minority ethnic students. 

This research consisting of student focus groups, staff interviews quantitative data analysis and student surveys also intends to illuminate the mechanisms through which curricular diversification reduces the degree-awarding gap, and will suggest key areas for further development of curricula and enhancing student outcomes using Diversity Mark in SSPSSR.  

We believe, in the long term, this evaluation in collaboration with staff and students will have a significant impact on enhancing the experiences of students, particularly BAME students, and on reducing the degree-awarding gap at Kent.

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