3D Pedagogy Student Alliance

Building Achievement Social Justice & Empowerment for More Equitable Societies

Despite longstanding disparities relating to the experience and outcomes of students of colour in UK higher education, institutional responses across the sector with one or two exceptions, do not go far enough. The degree attainment gap is largest among Black students. Recent data shows that while 78.8% of White students gained a good degree (1st or 2:1) only 53.1% of Black students achieved this, compared with 63.2% overall, for students of colour. Differences between ethnic groups cannot be explained solely by qualifications obtained before attending university. In addition, Black and Asian graduates are more likely to be unemployed than White graduates, despite higher proportions attending university (Download the TUC report). In addition to racial disparities in student attainment, socio-economic status and gender identity are also key factors that shape student experiences and degree outcomes.

Dr Deborah Gabriel developed the 3D Pedagogy Framework as a pro-active initiative to tackle educational disparities in higher education through education practice by decolonizing, democratizing and diversifying the curriculum. This strategy is being extended to add a Student Alliance called ‘BASE’ which aims to Build Achievement, Social Justice and Empowerment for more equitable societies. The key approach is collaboration with students across the UK and beyond through interactive workshops and events designed to promote deep learning focused on issues of social justice. This strategy has been developed to help students develop and harness intellectual, social and cultural capital. We welcome enquiries from student unions and student networks to host events and workshops at your institution.

The 3D Pedagogy Student Alliance BASE, welcomes students from all ethnic backgrounds – join our mailing list for updates and to be added to the network.

Recent Posts from BASE

SUBU BME awards celebrate student of colour achievements

The SUBU BME awards is a student-developed initiative that aims to celebrate student of colour contributions and achievements at Bournemouth University.


When Bob Marley came to Bournemouth University

The Jamaican reggae artist, legend and global icon, Bob Marley, visited Bournemouth University to highlight the link between international relations and the dehumanisation of people of African descent …


BBA Founder attends launch of 1st Black Students Campaign at BU

BBA Founder Dr Deborah Gabriel attended the launch of Bournemouth University Student’s Union Black Students Campaign on 24 November.


SUBU event on White privilege exposes how Eurocentricity undermines the mission for race equality

Equality and justice is a different mission to ‘increasing diversity’…