939 home and international black students participated in the survey which was initiated after the National Student Survey consistently found that black students were less likely to be satisfied with their student experience than their peers.
The interim report explores some of the reasons that black students were less likely to be satisfied and less likely to attain a first class degree. Despite the heterogeneous nature of the group clear common concerns emerged. The strongest message emerging from the survey was how students felt that fair and equal treatment was essentail to a positive educational experience.
Peter Herbert, Chair of the Society of Black Lawyers said,
A more extensive research report will be available by the end of the year. To find out more about the project, please contact Mandeep Rupra-Daine or Stephanie Neave.
"The research produced is of a unique nature and is a detailed record of what Black students in the UK are saying. This information should engage all instituons of FE and HE to listen to the needs and views of black students and act on it in the interests of all. The issues identified in the report need to be addressed as a matter of urgency.
The reports clearly highlights that many Black students have an inferior educational experience to their white peers and this is something that needs to be addressed if the FE and HE sector is truly to deliver an educational service which is predicated on the principles of equality of opportunity and outcome. The instituions should not simply assume that racism is an issue which exists only on the outside of the academic community.".