University of Portsmouth Press Release
Disadvantaged students are to benefit from a new project, led by the University of Portsmouth, which aims to challenge stereotypes to raise the expectations of students and their teachers and to build belief in their abilities.

The project, run by Professor Sherria Hoskins, Dean of Science at the University of Portsmouth, has been awarded £500,000 by Hefce, the Higher

Education Funding Council for England. She and Dr Jessica Gagnon, senior research fellow in the University’s 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.

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University of Winchester Press Release
The University of Winchester is a key partner in a new project which aims to support disadvantaged students by building their belief in their abilities and increasing their motivation and educational achievement.

Changing Mindsets will work with students and teaching staff to help overturn sometimes deeply-held beliefs that educational abilities are fixed and replace those beliefs with an understanding that the ability to learn grows through effort and being challenged. Led by academics at the University of Portsmouth, the project partners are University of the Arts, London, Canterbury Christ Church University, University of Brighton, and University of Winchester.

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Canterbury Christ Church University Press Release
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.

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University of Brighton Press Release

Research by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) has exposed gaps in the higher education outcomes between different student groups. The project ‘Changing Mindsets: Reducing stereotype threat as a barrier to student success’, funded from HEFCE’s Catalyst Fund, will benefit students likely to drop out or perform less well.

The university is one of five partnering institutions involved in the project which is being led by the University of Portsmouth. Brighton’s share of £64,000 will be used to coordinate, deliver and evaluate the project, with at least £15,000 going to students as incentives to take part. Brighton is matching the funding with leadership, research expertise and development from staff involved.

The thinking behind the project is based on the belief that ability develops through effort and embracing challenge. Developing this ‘growth mindset’ has been shown to have profound motivational impacts on learners and on staff expectations of learners that have effects on attainment gaps.

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UAL Press Release

Disadvantaged students are to benefit from a new project involving University of the Arts London (UAL) which aims to challenge stereotypes to raise the expectations of students and their lecturers, and to build belief in their abilities.

The project, led by academics at the University of Portsmouth, has been awarded £500,000 by Hefce, the Higher Education Funding Council for England. The main aim of the project is narrow the attainment gap in black and minority ethnic groups and those from working class backgrounds.

Professor Susan Orr, UAL Dean of Learning, Teaching and Enhancement, will be the UAL lead on the project which will involve 5,200 university students and 800 university staff working with teams across five universities.

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