Objective 2 To work with the HE sector to address lower degree attainment by black and minority ethnic groups (Aim C)Evidence from HESA shows a significant gap between the attainment, progression and graduate destination of BME students and those of white students9. In helping the sector address this, we will: convene an expert working group in 2011-12 to review the current position and make recommendations present the issue for discussion at a HEFCE Board meeting in 2011, and take forward its recommendations in relevant policy development continue to indicate the importance of improving BME attainment in our continuing partnership with the Higher Education Academy.
Let's just remind ourselves what HEFCE's own research found on this issue:
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differences between the groups can not be wholly explained by the differences in the student profile. In fact, comparing mature White and Black finalists, less than one third of the difference can be explained by the profile.