Progression to and success in taught postgraduate study for students from BAME and POLAR 1 & 2 backgrounds

Project: Other project (funded)HEFCE-funded project

Project Details


This project was enabled through the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) Catalyst fund (now administered by the Office for Students). It brings together five research-intensive UK universities to trial a series of interventions focused on increasing the participation of two groups known to be underrepresented in postgraduate study: Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) students, and students from areas of low participation in higher education.

The consortium developed two intervention programmes. Strand 1 is trialling the effectiveness of a structured programme of information, advice and guidance about postgraduate study in encouraging UK domiciled final-year undergraduates from the above backgrounds to enrol at postgraduate level. Strand 2 examines the effectiveness of targeted online pre-enrolment support in increasing the enrolment rate of taught postgraduate course UK domiciled offer holders from BAME backgrounds.

Both interventions are being evaluated through a randomised control trial (RCT) design.

Total project funding: £500,000
Evaluation research: £34,920
Effective start/end date1/03/1728/02/19