Understanding and overcoming the challenges of targeting students from under-represented and disadvantaged ethnic backgrounds
Professor Jacqueline Stevenson
Research shows that there are persistent and significant disparities in the participation rates, retention and outcomes of students from different minority ethnic backgrounds in higher education.
This project was designed to improve understanding of the challenges associated with targeting disadvantaged and under-represented young people from different ethnic groups through access, student success and progression activities.
The research was conducted in partnership with AdvanceHE and the Runnymede Trust
and involved institutions and stakeholders from across the UK. Findings showed that institutions lacked confidence about targeting and that where targeting happened it was largely in relation to access. The report contains sets of recommendations, case studies on good practice and advice of actions institutions can take to develop targeted interventions.