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

Project: Other project (funded)HEFCE-funded project

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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

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