Summary of a workshop on widening participation in postgraduate research

Research England/​Office for Students (2019)


The Higher Education and Research Act 2017 (HERA) requires that the Office for Students (OfS) and UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) carry out joint working where a function will be more efficient, or will enable more effective exercise of functions. Research England (RE) is a council within UKRI and oversees UKRI’s England-only functions in relation to university research and knowledge exchange.

Early discussions to identify areas of joint working bringing benefits to the sector and students highlighted shared interests in postgraduate research (PGR) and equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI), and within these more specific areas of focus. Following earlier engagement with the sector, the OfS conducted a desktop review of EDI data for PGR students. The review highlighted compelling evidence that demonstrates persistent, year-on-year inequalities for black, Asian and minority ethnic students in PGR study.

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Research England/​Office for Students (2019) Summary of a workshop on widening participation in postgraduate research.

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