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Transparency return

The information published on this page shows the number of students who attained a particular degree or other academic award, or a particular level of such an award, on completion of their course with us.

It also shows these numbers by reference to:

  • The gender of the individuals to which they relate
  • Their ethnicity
  • Their socio-economic background.

The latest data released by OfS within this transparency return shows Staffordshire University still has some way to go to reduce awarding gaps for students with protected characteristics. However more recent internal data suggests that we have made progress in 2019/20 and we would expect these gaps to reduce over the coming years.

Though we still have a gap in the measures relating to our Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic students, we have a university wide programme of activity to effect cultural change linked to detailed plans and analysis within each metric to understand what we need to do to reduce these gaps. It should also be noted that, as an organisation, we are moving away from the term BAME to a more individualised approach. 

We have a University Access and Participation group that reports directly to our Student 100 board and our senior management team, which is moving to deep dive reporting to clarify, focus and evaluate activities, impact and outcomes. General awareness raising has taken place across all schools and services enabling conversations, highlighting activity and securing ownership.

We understand that a wide number of students come under multiple protected characteristics and therefore we are having a specific focus on intersectionality through projects such as GAME. This looks at success of digital interventions and the personalisation of support for students. We are focusing our evaluation activities through 3 new PhD studentships which are currently being recruited and will be located within the Staffordshire Centre of Learning and Pedagogic Practice.

Percentage of classified first degrees at grade 2:1 or above by characteristic for 2019-20 qualifiers

CharacteristicCharacteristic splitPercentage
EthnicityBAME  59%
White  80%
EIMD quintile1 and 2  69.8%
3 to 5 80% 
GenderFemale  76.9%
Male  74.6%
Other  N

Detailed information on attainment for 2019-20 qualifiers

Full-time
  Headcount of classified First Degrees awardedPercentage of classified First Degrees awarded as first classPercentage of classified First Degrees awarded as upper second classPercentage of classified First Degrees awarded as lower second classPercentage of classified First Degrees awarded as third class / passHeadcount of unclassified First Degrees awardedHeadcount of other undergraduate awards
EthnicityAsian  150 18%  39%  33%  10%  N
Black  110  20%  27%  33%  20%  N  N
Mixed  70  30%  49%  15%  5%  N  N
Other  N  N  N  N  N
White  1620 43%   35% 17%   5%  N  410
Unknown  N  N  N  N  N  50
EIMD 2019 quintile1  550  30%  37%  25%  9%  N  130
2  370  38%  35%  18%  9%  N  80
3  310  41%  35%  19%  6%  N  90
4  370  44%  36%  15%  6%  N  110
5  310  49%  32%  17%  2%  N  100
N/A  80  39%  39%  21%  DP  N  N
Unknown  N  N  N  N  N
GenderFemale  1020  41% 36%   17%  6%  N  220
Male  970  37%  35%  21%  7%  N  300
Other  N  N  N  N  N  N


Part-time
  Headcount of classified First Degrees awardedPercentage of classified First Degrees awarded as first classPercentage of classified First Degrees awarded as upper second classPercentage of classified First Degrees awarded as lower second classPercentage of classified First Degrees awarded as third class / passHeadcount of unclassified First Degrees awardedHeadcount of other undergraduate awards
EthnicityAsian  30  25%  40%  30% DP  N
Black  N  N  N  N N N  N
Mixed  N  N  N N  N
Other N  N  N N N  N
White  510 50% 35%  10% 5% N 470 
Unknown  30 35%  20%   DP 35% N 40
EIMD 2019 quintile1  100  34%  40% 17%   9%  N 90
2  90  40%  31% 14%   14% N 100 
3  110  46%  39% 10%  10% N 110
4  140  54%  28% 13%   13% N 120
5  150  52%  31% 11%  11% N 100
N/A  N  N  N  N N 40
Unknown  N  N  N  N N N
GenderFemale  290 41% 36% 13%  9% N 310
Male 310  50% 33% 12%  5% N 250
Other N N N N N N


Apprenticeships
  Headcount of classified First Degrees awardedPercentage of classified First Degrees awarded as first classPercentage of classified First Degrees awarded as upper second classPercentage of classified First Degrees awarded as lower second classPercentage of classified First Degrees awarded as third class / passHeadcount of unclassified First Degrees awardedHeadcount of other undergraduate awards
EthnicityAsian N N  N N N/A N
Black N N  N N N/A N
Mixed N N N N N N/A N
Other N N N N N N/A N
White N N N N N/A 50
Unknown N N N N N/A N
EIMD 2019 quintile1 N N N N N/A N
2 N N N N N N/A N
3 N N N N N N/A N
4 N N N N N N/A N
5 N N N N N N/A
N/A N N N N N N/A N
Unknown N N N N N/A N
GenderFemale N N N N N N/A 50
Male N N N N N/A N
Other N N N N N/A N

Key

N – 20 or fewer students in this population
DP – indicates suppression for data protection reasons
N/A – there is no provision for this mode or level

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