Research & Impact - Aimhigher West Midlands


Here you can find the details of our most recent research projects and impact evaluations.

The Ethnicity Awarding Gap in the West Midlands

In this project, Aimhigher West Midlands, together with Prof. Chris Millward, aim to understand the characteristics of the ethnicity awarding gap across the West Midlands region, what universities are doing to tackle it and what they have learned from this (i.e. what appears to work in which context).

The gap in the West Midlands region resembles the national gap, where White learners are more likely to be awarded a first or upper-second class degree than learners from other ethnic backgrounds. This gap is particularly pronounced between White and Black students.


The National Outreach Coverage Project

The National Outreach Coverage Project is a collaborative research project which examines the coverage of outreach delivery across England.


The following resources provide the outputs from this project and can be downloaded using the links below:

National Outreach Coverage Dataset

Supporting Information

Maps Visualising the Dataset

The resources can be used to:

  • Identify schools and colleges in England which have received relatively little outreach delivery over the last three academic years.
  • Identify schools and colleges in England which have or have not received certain types of activities over the last three academic years.
  • Identify schools and colleges in England which appear to have received disproportionately high volumes of outreach delivery over the last three academic years.
  • Determine how many other providers are working in schools/colleges in your operational area.
  • Facilitate collaboration between providers working in local areas.
  • The dataset may also be of value in identifying ‘hot’ and ‘cold’ spots nationally, as well as the contribution of different types of provider to all outreach delivered nationally.

The project used data collected by three tracker services: Higher Education Access Tracker (HEAT), Aimhigher West Midlands and East Midlands Widening Participation Research and Evaluation Partnership (EMWPREP) and data from large third sector organisations not currently using a tracking service.

The Outreach Coverage Dataset provides details of outreach activities delivered per school or further education (FE) college in England between 2017/18 and 2019/20.

If you’d like to view the launch webinar for the project, you can do so here.

If you have any questions or feedback on the dataset, please email

How we support progression to HE

Impact Evaluation Report (2021)

How we support attainment raising

MyTutor Summary Report (2019)

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