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Ben Pimlott Building, Goldsmiths Campus, New CrossGoldsmiths has this week released a report showing the extent of the attainment gap between Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic students and their White counterparts, stating: ‘White students consistently perform better than all other ethnicities’. This information, published in an eleven-page report by Goldsmiths’ Strategic Planning and Projects, was released as a result of a Freedom of Information request made by The Leopard.

According to the report, in the 2016-17 academic year 29% of White students graduated with a first class degree, whilst only 12% of Asian students and 10% of Black students achieved the same grade. In the 2015-16 academic year the difference was even greater, with 25% of White students graduating with a first, compared to 9% of Asians students and a staggering 2% of Black students. 

Looking at the two top grades together, 91% of White students graduated with a first or a 2:1 in the 2016-17 academic year, compared to 73% of Asian students and 69% of Black students. In 2015-16, 88% of White students received a first or a 2:1, with 70% of Asian students and just 58% of Black students getting those same top grades.

The report goes on to state: ‘Good honours [i.e. a first or 2:1]