Almost a quarter of undergraduate degrees awarded last year went to black and minority ethnic students, official students show.

According to data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (Hesa), of the 346,635 degrees awarded UK students in 2017/18, 23% were to non-white students.

This included 11% to Asian students, 6% to black students and 5% to mixed and other ethnicity graduates.

The analysis, published by Hesa for the first time, further revealed the proportions varied across subjects.

It showed that six in 10 opthalmics degrees were awarded to Asian students, and 23% of social policy degrees were awarded to black students.

Other data released on Thursday suggests that 14% of first degree qualifications last year were awarded to disabled students.

Ten per cent of first degrees were awarded to graduates aged over 30.

In nursing, 43% of degrees were awarded to older students compared to only 3% of mathematics degrees, and 2% of degrees in French, Spanish and Italian.

By Nina Massey