Led by Professor Sherria Hoskins, from the University of Portsmouth, the project has been awarded £500,000 by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). Christ Church is one of four University’s working with Portsmouth on the project, and will receive around £50,000.
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 disadvantaged families.
The Changing Mindsets project includes helping overturn sometimes deeply-held beliefs and prejudices that an individual can’t achieve, and replacing it with an understanding that the ability to do things grows through effort and by embracing challenges. It has been reported to have had a profound effect on children and their teachers in previous trials.