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Drive to reduce ethnic disparity in universities

League tables could show universities’ performance on addressing inequalities such as attainment gaps for ethnic minority students, the government has said as it pushes to improve outcomes for underrepresented groups.

Cabinet Office minister David Lidington and universities minister Chris Skidmore made the announcement on 1 February as they asked universities to “explain or change” inequalities between different ethnic groups. The announcement was part of the government’s effort to tackle the problems highlighted in prime minister Theresa May’s race disparity audit in 2017.

Figures from the audit and the Office for Students show that in 2016-17, 56 per cent of black students achieved a first or a 2.1 degree compared with 80 per cent of white students. 

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