Over the last decade, the minority ethnic population in the UK has been growing and becoming more diverse. Their experiences and attainment in education, training and the workplace have been changing.

The participation and achievement in education and employment, of the minority ethnic population in the UK, is currently the focus of much interest. So too is the need to ensure that everyone who has the potential to benefit from education at higher levels can access it, and that certain groups do not face disproportionate barriers to achievement.

This research report presents the findings of a study commissioned by the DfES at the end of 2001, to investigate the influences on participation in higher education of minority ethnic students, and their achievements and transitions to the labour market.


  • Glossary
  • Executive summary
  • Introduction
  • Routes to higher education
  • Influences on decision making and choice of HE
  • Patterns of participation in HE
  • Student progress and experiences
  • Output and attainment
  • Transitions to the labour market: Student perspective
  • Employer perspective
  • Summary and conclusions
  • Bibliography
  • Appendices