Closing Our Gap is our campaign to share how our University is working to reduce the attainment gap between white students and BAME students through our inclusive curriculum, academic research and the engagement opportunities that are available to students, staff and our wider academic community.

How we are working to close our gap

At Canterbury Christ Church University we value diversity and believe that everyone deserves an equal opportunity to succeed. Equality, diversity and inclusion are central to our ethos and underpin everything that we do.

Universities UK identified that nationally there is an attainment gap between students of different ethnicities at the vast majority of universities, with inequalities in higher education mirroring those in wider UK society.

More details about Closing Our Gap

This video is just one of a series that formed part of the 'Follow Their Lead' exhibition that celebrates the successes of BAME students, both past and present at Canterbury Christ Church University.

View all our stories here...
Our Students

for Students

We provide a range of opportunities for our BAME students. This includes our Student Support and Wellbeing team, peer mentoring and support networks.

More about the opportunities that are available for students

Staff 2

for Staff

Staff training and development is available, alongside digital resources and the BAME staff network which provides support for academics and professional services staff at the University.

Details on available support for staff

Best Practice

Our Best Practice

We have a range of examples of best practice that illustrate how students and staff are working in partnership to tackle the challenge of the attainment gap..

View examples of best practice 


Our Research

Several University academics conduct social research, including on issues of race, anti-discriminatory practice, and decolonising the curriculum.

Find out about our academics' research


Expect Respect

At Canterbury Christ Church University, we believe that we all have a part to play in creating inclusive and welcoming campuses, free from harassment.

Learn about the Expect Respect campaign

Report and Support

Report and Support

We do not tolerate discrimination, bullying or harassment of any form. We have introduced Report and Support, an online tool for staff and students to disclose any incidents of harassment confidentially or to seek further support. 

Access Report and Support

Talk to us

We are keen to work with other Universities, academics and agencies to share research and best practice in this area.

Our Outreach Team works with a range of partner schools and colleges to inspire students from all backgrounds to enter higher education.


Alison Eyden, Director of Learning and Teaching,

Mary Makinde, Strategic Lead: Closing our Gap,

School and College Engagement Team,


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