Bishop Grosseteste University has been announced 2nd in the top 10 ranking for social inclusion in the country in this year’s Sunday Times Good University Guide.

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide delivers rankings for UK universities and gives an overview of higher education in Britain. It includes profiles on 132 universities by making use of the latest data published in the past two months.

The position of 2nd in the ranking for social inclusion shows BGU’s succeeding attempts at providing a campus and environment open to inclusion for both students and staff from whole sections of society and disadvantaged backgrounds resulting in an increase of social diversity. There is a noteworthy mention in the article that discusses the measuring factors of this ranking which include attention to the performance and recruitment levels of each of the higher education institutions. The increase in this area is a notable milestone for the University as it continues to make further movements towards social inclusivity as these significant gaps in equality continue to be filled for the future.

Rob Boast, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Chair of Action and Participation Committee said: “Bishop Grosseteste University is extremely pleased to be ranked second nationally for social inclusion. For BGU, widening access and participation for learners from communities who are normally under-represented in higher education is a key element of our strategy in providing transformative education opportunities for all. This recognises the consistent outreach activity that BGU has developed with schools and colleges in conjunction with LiNCHigher as well as engagement work with local communities, businesses and employers.”

It is with commendable efforts the University continues to aim towards inclusion and equality in as many ways as it can.

Peter Neil, Vice Chancellor said: “The University has a long history of being accessible to students irrespective of their socio-economic background, giving them the opportunity to improve their career prospects and develop as an individual. At Bishop Grosseteste University we have an ethos of inclusivity as we seek to ensure our students flourish and make a positive contribution to society. We are absolutely delighted, therefore, to be recognized in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022 as the second highest ranked university in England and Wales for social inclusion.”

This milestone follows soon after the University’s sign up to the Athena Swan Charter, an international framework used to address gender equality within higher education. Read more about this here.

20th October 2021