The Foreign and Commonwealth Office used a Higher Education Standards Agency report to identify 10 universities that performed highest across three key standards: academic performance, social inclusion and ethnic diversity. We did not conduct specific research among the eligible groups into the likely levels of demand for the scheme.
The eligibility criteria for the Partner University Placement Scheme are that students must be:
from a minority ethnic background
in receipt of a full university maintenance grant (or Scottish equivalent).
from Bath, Bristol, Cambridge, Durham, Edinburgh, Nottingham, Oxford, King’s College London, University College London or Manchester Universities,
in their penultimate or final year of university,
be 16 years or over at the time of applying,
be a British citizen,
have been resident in the UK for two out of the last 10 years immediately prior to their application, at least one year of which must have been a consecutive 12-month period, unless they have served overseas with HM Forces or in some other official capacity as a representative of our Government, or have lived overseas a result of their parents’ or partner’s Government employment.