Support for postgraduate research students

We believe that successful access and participation in postgraduate research studies (PGR) should be an opportunity available to all.

The Office for Students (OfS) and UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) have committed to work together to promote equality, diversity and inclusion in higher education and support links through to academic and research careers.

Supporting black, Asian and minority ethnic PGR students

We know that black, Asian and minority ethnic students are underrepresented at postgraduate research level.

We have launched a joint funding competition with Research England (RE) for project proposals to improve access and participation for black, Asian and minority ethnic groups in PGR in English higher education.

Read more about the funding competition

In December 2019, we hosted a workshop with RE analysing the barriers to access and participation in postgraduate research study for black, Asian and minority ethnic people. A summary of the group's discussions is available below.

Further reading

The links below include broader literature and evidence around black, Asian and minority ethnic students' access and participation in higher education and research.

Published 06 May 2020
Last updated 22 October 2020
22 October 2020
Information added about the funding competition to improve access and participation for black, Asian and minority ethnic students in postgraduate research
08 October 2020
Added link to projects on supporting mental health and wellbeing for postgraduate research students
30 June 2020
Published summary of a joint OfS/RE workshop on widening participation in postgraduate research

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