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Widening participation: UK Performance Indicators 2019/20

UK Performance Indicators: Widening Participation

Important - Changes to the UKPIs for 2019/20
Changes to definitions mean that the latest UKPI data differs from previous years' data. Expand this box for more information.

From 2019/20, HESA data about academic subjects is based upon the Higher Education Classification of Subjects (HECoS). HECoS was developed to replace the Joint Academic Coding System (JACS). A Common Aggregation Hierarchy (CAH) has been developed to provide standard groupings of subjects that provide consistent aggregations for analysis. Full detail can be found in the subject definition. Benchmarks for the Widening participation tables use CAH first level grouping 1. For further details please see the changes page.

Impact of COVID-19 on UKPIs
There are known areas in which the pandemic has had some impact on the 2019/20 Student data. Expand this box for more information.

The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic was declared in March 2020 part way through the 2019/20 academic year. The pandemic did not have any notable impact on student enrolment figures for 2019/20, but did have an impact on qualifications awarded. Qualifications awarded are not used in the widening participation indicators, but are used in the non-continuation indicators. 

This release contains detailed information on: entrants from under-represented groups and students in receipt of Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA) for 2015/16 to 2019/20.

View the summary widening participation tables and charts

The purpose of the indicators is to provide an objective measure of how the UK higher education (HE) sector is performing. 

The rounding strategy has been applied to all published figures. Suppressed figures and low participation data for Scottish providers are represented as blanks.

Tables and charts included within this release include an academic year filter, allowing users to change between the current and previous years of data. For releases prior to 2015/16 please see historic data.

Participation of under-represented groups in higher education (Table series T1 and T2)

Table series T1 and T2 give information about the participation of groups that are under-represented in HE, relative to the population as a whole. The tables look at the percentage of UK domiciled students from state schools or colleges and POLAR4 low participation neighbourhoods and provide a breakdown by HE provider. Results are shown separately for young, mature, full-time and part-time students, because each of these groups have different characteristics.

The supplementary table below shows how the two indicators vary by Government Office region of where the student was living before starting their HE course.

Table WP1 - Percentage of under-represented groups by Government Office region of domicile

UK domiciled young full-time first degree entrants who did not leave within 50 days of commencement at HE providers 

Academic years of entry 2015/16 to 2019/20

 
 

Young full-time undergraduate entrants (Table T1)

The indicators for young full-time students in Tables T1a-T1c show, for each HE provider:

  • The percentage who attended a state school or college.
  • The percentage who come from a low participation neighbourhood (as denoted by its postcode) using the POLAR4 method. Previous releases of the UK Performance Indicators used the POLAR3 from 2011/12 to 2017/18, the POLAR2 method 2006/07 to 2010/11 and Super Profiles method prior to 2006/07. Please note that these three methods are not comparable, see definitions for further details. Low participation data is not produced for HE providers in Scotland and are shown as blank rows in these tables, for more information see definitions.  
  • Note that prior to the 2017 publication of the UK Performance Indicators, an additional indicator based on specified socio-economic classes was published. The changes document details why this indicator was discontinued.

Table T1 – Participation of under-represented groups in higher education

UK domiciled young full-time undergraduate entrants who did not leave within 50 days of commencement at HE providers

Academic years of entry 2015/16 to 2019/20

Entrants from: 

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Mature full-time undergraduate entrants (Table T2a) and all part-time undergraduate entrants (T2b)

For mature students and for young part-time students, there is just one participation indicator, based on those who come from a POLAR4 low participation neighbourhood. Information on school type is not available for the majority of part-time and mature students so indicators have not been produced for these students. The low participation indicator has been slightly adapted to exclude those students who have previously obtained a higher education qualification as they would have been included in the participation calculations at that time. This indicator is provided in tables T2a-T2b and again excludes students studying at HE providers in Scotland, see definitions for details.

Table T2a - Participation of under-represented groups in higher education

UK domiciled mature full-time undergraduate entrants who did not leave with 50 days of commencement at HE providers

Academic years of entry 2015/16 to 2019/20

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Table T2b - Participation of under-represented groups in higher education

UK domiciled part-time undergraduate entrants who did not leave within 50 days of commencement at HE providers

Academic years of entry 2015/16 to 2019/20

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Particiption of under-represented groups - Supplementary tables

Supplementary table WP5 below provides a breakdown of full-time first degree entrants by the benchmark factors (entry qualifications and subject area) for both young and mature students to provide some contextual figures for the sector and in the derivation of the benchmarks. Supplementary table WP6 shows the percentage of students from state schools and from low participation neighbourhoods, again by the two benchmark factors. These tables only show data for 2019/20 due to the change from JACS subject to HECoS, for earlier time series using JACS please see Table WP2 and Table WP3

Table WP5 - Entrants to full-time first degree courses by subject and entry qualifications

UK domiciled entrants who did not leave within 50 days of commencement at HE providers

Academic years of entry 2019/20

 
 
 

Table WP6 - Percentage of entrants from under-represented groups by subject and entry qualification

UK domiciled entrants who did not leave within 50 days of commencement at HE providers 

Academic years of entry 2019/20

 
 
 
 

Students in receipt of Disabled Students' Allowance (Table T7)

Table T7 provides information about the percentage of students who are in receipt of Disabled Students' Allowance. This is less than the percentage who are recorded as disabled, but should prove to be more robust than the self reported disability data. It covers all UK domiciled undergraduate students, rather than just entrants, and counts individuals instead of instances. The table is split into three sections, one covering full-time first degree students, one covering full-time undergraduates (on first degree, diploma and other undergraduate non-degree courses) and the third covering part-time undergraduates studying at least 50% of the time.

Please note that changes to the Disabled Student Allowances administered through Student Finance England took effect in the academic years 2015/16 and 2016/17, see changes document for details. These changes mean that the DSA data is not comparable across these years.

Due to a change in the accessibility of DSA funding, the Open University have been included in benchmarking calculations from 2017/18. 

Table T7 - Participation of students in higher education who are in receipt of Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA)

UK domiciled undergraduates

Academic years 2015/16 to 2019/20

 
 
 
 
 
 

The supplementary table WP7 provides a breakdown of students in receipt of Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA) by subject and entry qualifications. This tables only show data for 2019/20 due to the change from JACS subject to HECoS, for earlier time series using JACS please see Table WP4

Table WP7 - Percentage of students in receipt of Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA) by subject and entry qualifications

UK domiciled full-time first degree students

Academic years 2019/20

 
 

View the summary widening participation tables and charts

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