In UK, Studies Show that Postgraduate Diversity is Not Good Enough

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In the United Kingdom, a study has found that fewer than ten graduates each from Black Caribbean and Bangladeshi minority groups make the transition to a research degree each academic year. At higher levels, such as masters, the numbers are frighteningly low. In comparison, within higher degrees, groups with Black African, Chinese and other Asian backgrounds had higher rates of progression, above white graduates and those of Indian and Pakistani ethnicity. The report is titled ‘Transition to higher degrees across the UK: An analysis of national, international and individual differences’.Here are excerpts:

At masters level these groups had lower than average rates of progression, falling to an “exceptionally low” rate for research degrees, says a report commissioned by the Higher Education Academy. The very small numbers of graduates progressing to higher degrees from certain groups…means that very few such individuals are part of the supply ‘pipeline’ for those…

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