Addressing the Attainment Gap – Investigating Gaps in Personal Tutoring Provision (73732)

Session Information: Learning Experience, Student Learning & Learner Diversity
Session Chair: Dora Regoczi

Thursday, 21 September 2023 11:50
Session: Session 2
Room: Nova Icaria
Presentation Type:Oral Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 2 (Europe/Madrid)

The department of Biochemical Engineering, UCL, is one of the smallest departments in the faculty of Engineering Sciences, with an average annual intake of approximately 40 undergraduate students on the BEng/MEng programmes. Of that intake, around a third tend to be home students and of that, 40% identify as BAME (black and ethnic minority). With such small numbers, the attainment gap has been seen to fluctuate largely, demonstrating inconsistencies year on year. With relatively high staff to BAME student ratios, it begs the question - can greater staff effort help close the attainment gap consistently? A number of reports have shown the link between inclusivity through personal tutoring and student performance so this project investigates departmental personal tutoring provision, specifically aiming to see if there are any gaps within it that can be bridged through mechanisms that include upskilling personal tutors and cohort building for peer support and finally, its link to academic performance. It uses a phased approach: Phase 1 – survey data collection reflecting student perceptions on personal tutoring. Phase 2 – focus groups/interviews with BAME students. Phase 3 – observations of external practices. Phase 4 – upskilling of personal tutors and observing academic performance. The project is currently coming to the end of phase 1 and so far results indicate that rapport building and reviewing of academic results with personal tutors are desired by the collective cohorts. Phase 2 will look more specifically into the needs of BAME students as a means to address the attainment gap.

Chika Nweke, University College London, United Kingdom
Michael Sulu, University College London, United Kingdom

About the Presenter(s)
Dr Mauryn Nweke is a University Assistant Professor/Lecturer at University College London in United Kingdom

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Last updated: 2023-02-23 23:45:00