Minority Students in the United Kingdom

A number of groups of students could be considered to form a minority in higher education in the United Kingdom. This includes, amongst others, those who are the ‘first in their family’ to attend university, those from low socioeconomic backgrounds, transgender, and disabled students. However, the term ‘minority students’ is most commonly used, within the context of higher education research and policy, to refer to students from Black and minority ethnic (BME) or non-White backgrounds.

This entry focuses on patterns in student experiences in relation to BME students that are UK-domiciled. It begins with a brief description of who counts as BME and then highlights some persistent disparities in relation to access, retention, and graduate outcomes for BME students when compared with White students. The entry ...

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