A new scheme at the University of Portsmouth aims to help students from disadvantaged backgrounds excel. The project, run by Dean of Science at the university Professor Sherria Hoskins, has been awarded £500,000 by HEFCE, the Higher Education Funding Council for England.
She and Dr Jessica Gagnon, Senior Research Fellow at the School of Education and Childhood Studies, will lead the project with 5,200 university students and 800 university staff who work with them at five universities.
The students who will benefit are from the groups least likely to apply to university and, if they do attend, most likely to drop out, or not perform well academically, despite entering with excellent qualifications.
The main aim of the project is to try and close the attainment gap in black and minority ethnic groups and those from the working class.