Black graduates ‘shut out’ of academic science and technology careers

Royal Society report shows white students twice as likely as black students to achieve top Stem degrees

Talented black graduates are being shut out of academic careers in science and technology, according to the president of the Royal Society, who appealed to the scientific community to improve access.

White students were twice as likely as black students to graduate from degrees in science, technology, engineering and maths (Stem subjects) with first-class honours in 2018-19, whereas black students were three times more likely to leave with a third. Black students also had higher dropout rates (4.7% for black undergraduates compared with 2.7% for their white peers).

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