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Figure 6 - UK domiciled full-time HE undergraduate student enrolments by participation characteristics 2018/19 to 2019/20

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Figure 6 - UK domiciled full-time HE undergraduate student enrolments by participation characteristics

Academic years 2018/19 to 2019/20

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When viewing percentages in this table, please note that percentage calculations exclude unknown values.

This release contains data from the participation of local areas (POLAR) classification; a measure of relative HE participation across the UK. Some regions of the UK have traditionally high participation rates, including Scotland and Northern Ireland. Figures in these areas, when viewed in isolation could misrepresent the contribution being made to widening participation. For a number of years, HESA publications have for this reason excluded data for Scotland from POLAR figures (both where the country of HE provider or country of domicile is in Scotland). As such, low participation figures for all countries in a given year, will not sum to totals represented at the bottom of the table.

In Northern Ireland, the Department for the Economy (Northern Ireland) recommend the use of the Northern Ireland Multiple Deprivation Measure (NIMDM) Quintiles as a more representative measure of educational disadvantage among these students. Although Northern Ireland data has historically been included in POLAR figures published by HESA, recognising the possibility for misrepresentation of this data coupled with the availability of NIMDM as an alternative in some HESA published tables from January 2019, HESA are proposing to remove Northern Ireland data from POLAR figures in all publications from January 2022. If you wish to provide feedback on this proposal, please email [email protected].

There may be small fluctuations in the values for POLAR4 and IMD data between figures published by HESA in previous versions of this bulletin and this latest version due to the use of the latest ONSPD and CPD postcode files.

Parental education and socio-economic classification data excludes HE providers returning data the Student Alternative record. Therefore this data will not sum to totals represented at the bottom of the table. Socio-economic classification data should be used with caution, due to known quality issues. See Changes to the UK Performance Indicators for further information, including why these data are no longer used in our UK Performance Indicators.

The various indices of multiple deprivation use similar methodologies, but differ in the indicators used, the time periods included and the sizes of the areas they cover, which means that they are not fully comparable. SIMD unknown data are mapped using snapshot data.

The English indices of deprivation (IMD) is maintained by the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government, and applies only to those domiciled from England. Data displayed in this table relate to IMD 2019. Participation of students domiciled from England shown within the IMD include those attending a provider anywhere in the UK. Therefore this data will not sum to totals represented at the bottom of the table. Contains OS data © Crown copyright and database right 2020. Contains Royal Mail data © Royal Mail copyright and database right 2020. Source: Office for National Statistics licensed under the Open Government Licence v.3.0

The Welsh Index of Multiple Deprivation (WIMD) is maintained by the Welsh Government, and applies only to those domiciled from Wales. Data displayed in this table relate to WIMD 2019. Participation of students domiciled from Wales shown within the WIMD include those attending a provider anywhere in the UK. Therefore this data will not sum to totals represented at the bottom of the table. Contains OS data © Crown copyright and database right 2020. Contains Royal Mail data © Royal Mail copyright and database right 2020. Source: Office for National Statistics licensed under the Open Government Licence v.3.0

The Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD) is maintained by the Scottish Government and applies only to those domiciled from Scotland.

  • 2019/20 data in this table relate to SIMD 2016 (2020A lookup)
  • 2018/19 data in this table relate to SIMD 2016 (2019A lookup)

Participation of students domiciled from Scotland shown within the SIMD include only those attending a provider in Scotland. Therefore this data will not sum to totals represented at the bottom of the table. Contains OS data © Crown copyright and database right 2020. Contains Royal Mail data © Royal Mail copyright and database right 2020. Source: Office for National Statistics licensed under the Open Government Licence v.3.0

The Northern Ireland Multiple Deprivation Measure (NIMDM) is maintained by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency, and applies only to those domiciled from Northern Ireland. Data displayed in this table relate to NIMDM 2017. Participation of students domiciled from Northern Ireland shown within the NIMDM include those attending a provider anywhere in the UK. Therefore this data will not sum to totals represented at the bottom of the table. The NI Multiple Deprivation Measure and other NI geographical indicators are based on Crown Copyright and are reproduced with the permission of Land & Property Services under delegated authority from the Keeper of Public Records, © Crown copyright and database right 2020 NIMA MOU577.4

Type of data

Administrative data

Data source

HESA (Higher Education Statistics Agency) are the experts in UK higher education data and analysis. We have been collecting higher education information since the 1994/95 academic year.

Student data is taken from both the HESA Student record and the HESA Student alternative record. Universities, colleges and other higher education providers return data to HESA via one or other of these records on an annual basis. The records collect a wide range of information, including data about students' personal characteristics, courses and modules of study, and qualifications achieved. The Student alternative record first began in the 2014/15 academic year, with data published from the record from 2015/16 onwards. Data on students pursuing teacher training qualifications is taken from the Initial Teacher Training record, while data on students studying wholly overseas is taken from the Aggregate offshore record.

We provide data and analysis on students to a wide variety of customers, including:

  • Governments
  • Universities (via the Heidi Plus analytics tool)
  • Academic and commercial researchers
  • Students and potential students
  • Policy makers.

Our data is used to regulate the sector, inform policy making, advance understanding of social and economic trends, support student decision making, and enhance public understanding of - and confidence in - the higher education sector.

Rounding and suppression strategy

We implement a rounding and suppression strategy in published and released tabulations designed to prevent the disclosure of personal information about any individual. This strategy involves rounding all numbers to the nearest multiple of 5 and suppressing percentages and averages based on small populations.

Related releases

We publish annual statistical bulletins about students in higher education.

Our HE Student Data pages collect together all of the tables we publish on students in higher education.

Further information

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