UK Performance Indicators Index
UK Performance Indicators in higher education
Introduction
Governance of UK Performance Indicators
Guide to UKPIs
Summary tables and charts
Notes to tables
Definitions of terms
Changes to the UKPIs
Benchmarks
Widening participation of under-represented groups (tables T1, T2)
Widening participation of students who are in receipt of DSA (table T7)
Non-continuation rates (including projected outcomes) (tables T3, T4, T5)
Non-continuation rates - technical details (tables T3)
Projected outcomes - technical details (tables T5)
Module completion rates (table T6)
Research output (table R1)
Employment of leavers (table E1)

These tables provide information about the participation of certain groups that are under-represented in higher education relative to the HE population as a whole. Table series T1 and T2 look at the percentage of UK domiciled students from state schools or colleges, specified socio-economic classes and low-participation neighbourhoods and provide a breakdown by HE provider. The supplementary tables (SP1 - SP7) provide some background information and context figures for the sector used in the derivation of the benchmarks.

In 2011/12, the method used to produce the low participation indicator has changed from using POLAR2 to the more up to date POLAR3 method. Prior to 2006/07 the low participation indicator used the Super Profiles method. The three low participation methods are not comparable, but the POLAR3 method has been run back to 2009/10 and the POLAR2 method has been run forward to allow some comparisons. Table T1a has also been produced using both the POLAR2 and Super Profiles methods for 2005/06. The POLAR3 data was updated in July 2015 and this updated version was used in the creation of the Performance Indicators from 2014/15. The updated version includes new postcodes which have been added in the UK in recent times. For more details on the methods, please refer to the definitions page.

Following the 2013 fundamental review of the UK Performance Indicators (UKPIs), the UK Performance Indicators Steering Group (UKPISG) committed to undertake an in-depth review process of the UKPIs relating to widening the higher education participation of under-represented groups. Having made progress with this review, UKPISG is able to confirm the discontinuation of the UKPI based on National Statistics Social Economic Classifications 4 to 7. The indicator will appear for the last time in the 2016 publication of the widening participation UKPIs: it will not be published in 2017 and subsequent UKPI publications.

Stakeholder consultation within the 2013 fundamental review of the UKPIs had reinforced existing UKPISG concerns that the data underlying the NS-SEC based indicator was of poor quality. Further advice was received from the UK Performance Indicators Technical Group in February 2014 (in an assessment of how well the existing WP UKPIs match the principles agreed for UKPIs). And roundtable discussions held with an expert group (convened to advise on the in-depth review of the widening participation UKPIs) in December 2014 provided further confirmation that the data used for the indicator is widely acknowledged to be of poor quality.

It is on the basis that this evidence conflicts significantly with the agreed principle (B2) for UKPIs that the UKPISG have confirmed the removal of this indicator. Principle B2 states that ‘UKPIs should be evidence-based and statistically robust, conforming to recognised best practice in the production of statistical information. Data used for the indicator should be of high quality collected in a consistent and fair way across the sector; [it] should have a good sample base, use consistent definitions, and use a transparent methodology’.

HEFCE’s July 2015 circular letter "Invitation to comment on future changes to the UK Performance Indicators" provides further context for the decision to remove the NS-SEC based indicator, as well as information on other changes to be implemented in the 2016 publications of UKPIs.

All downloadable data files are provided in Microsoft® Excel® spreadsheet format, download the full set of widening participation tables 2014/15.

Young full-time undergraduate entrants

T1a to T1c relate to young students who entered the HE provider in the specified academic year. The change in UCAS question for 2008/09 applicants has had an impact on the NS-SEC indicators, making them incomparable with data published prior to and post 2008/09. As a result, the 2008/09 NS-SEC data has been published separately in tables T1ai, T1bi and T1ci and labelled as age-adjusted NS-SEC.

T1a: Young full-time first degree entrants by state school marker, NS-SEC marker (excluding 2008/09) and low participation marker
POLAR3 low participation data
2014/15  |  2013/14  |  2012/13  |  2011/12  |
2010/11 (POLAR3 data only)  |  2009/10 (POLAR3 data only)  | 
POLAR2 low participation data
2013/14 (POLAR2 data only)  |  2012/13 (POLAR2 data only)  |  2011/12 (POLAR2 data only)  |
2010/11  |  2009/10  |  2008/09  |  2007/08  | 
2006/07  |  2005/06  | 
Super Profiles low participation data
2005/06  |  2004/05  |  2003/04  |  2002/03  | 

T1ai: Young full-time first degree entrants by age-adjusted NS-SEC marker (2008/09 only)
2008/09  | 

T1b: Young full-time undergraduate entrants by state school marker, NS-SEC marker (excluding 2008/09) and low participation marker
POLAR3 low participation data
2014/15  |  2013/14  |  2012/13  |  2011/12  |
2010/11 (POLAR3 data only)  |  2009/10 (POLAR3 data only)  | 
POLAR2 low participation data
2013/14 (POLAR2 data only)  |  2012/13 (POLAR2 data only)  |  2011/12 (POLAR2 data only)  |
2010/11  |  2009/10  |  2008/09  |  2007/08  |  2006/07  | 
Super Profiles low participation data
2005/06  |  2004/05  |  2003/04  |  2002/03  | 

T1bi: Young full-time undergraduate entrants by age-adjusted NS-SEC marker (2008/09 only)
2008/09

T1c: Young full-time other undergraduate entrants by state school marker, NS-SEC marker (excluding 2008/09) and low participation marker
POLAR3 low participation data
2014/15  |  2013/14  |  2012/13  |  2011/12  |
2010/11 (POLAR3 data only)  |  2009/10 (POLAR3 data only)  |
POLAR2 low participation data
2013/14 (POLAR2 data only)  |  2012/13 (POLAR2 data only)  |  2011/12 (POLAR2 data only)  |
2010/11  |  2009/10  |  2008/09  |  2007/08  |  2006/07  | 
Super Profiles low participation data
2005/06  |  2004/05  |  2003/04  |  2002/03  | 

T1ci: Young full-time other undergraduate entrants by age-adjusted NS-SEC marker (2008/09 only)
2008/09

Supplementary tables - sector level

SP1: Percentage of young full-time first degree entrants from under-represented groups, by Government Office region of domicile
2014/15  |  2013/14  |  2012/13  |  2011/12  |  2010/11  |  2009/10  |  2008/09  | 
2007/08  |  2006/07  |  2005/06  |  2004/05  |  2003/04  |  2002/03  | 

SP2: Young entrants to full-time first degree courses by subject and entry qualifications
2014/15  |  2013/14  |  2012/13  |  2011/12  |  2010/11  |  2009/10  |  2008/09  | 
2007/08  |  2006/07  |  2005/06  |  2004/05  |  2003/04  |  2002/03  | 

SP4: Percentage of young entrants to full-time first degree courses from state schools by subject and entry qualification
2014/15  |  2013/14  |  2012/13  |  2011/12  |  2010/11  |  2009/10  |  2008/09  | 
2007/08  |  2006/07  |  2005/06  |  2004/05  |  2003/04  |  2002/03  | 

SP5: Percentage of young entrants to full-time first degree courses from age-adjusted NS-SEC Classes 4, 5, 6 and 7 by subject and entry qualification
2014/15  |  2013/14  |  2012/13  |  2011/12  |  2010/11  |  2009/10  |  2008/09  | 
2007/08  |  2006/07  |  2005/06  |  2004/05  |  2003/04  |  2002/03  | 

SP6: Percentage of young entrants to full-time first degree courses from low participation neighbourhoods by subject and entry qualification
POLAR3 low participation data
2014/15  |  2013/14  |  2012/13  |  2011/12  |  2010/11  |  2009/10  | 
POLAR2 low participation data
2013/14  |  2012/13  |  2011/12  |  2010/11  |  2009/10  |  2008/09  |  2007/08  |  2006/07  | 
Super Profiles low participation data
2005/06  |  2004/05  |  2003/04  |  2002/03  | 

Definitions - General definitions of the terms used in the widening participation performance indicators.
Benchmarks - Technical information on how the benchmarks in these tables are calculated.
Notes - Numbered notes referenced in the tables.


Mature full-time and part-time undergraduate entrants

The indicator used for full-time mature entrants is the percentage, in a slightly adapted form, who come from ‘low participation’ neighbourhoods. Around a quarter of mature entrants to first degree courses at a HE provider have previously obtained a higher education qualification. When such students were originally in higher education, they would have been included in the participation calculations at that time. Therefore, for mature students, the participation indicator has been taken as the percentage of entrants who have come from a low participation neighbourhood and do not have a previous HE qualification. These are given in tables T2a and T2c.

For part-time students, the information available is often not as comprehensive as that for full-time students. In particular, information on NS-SEC and school type is not available. The participation indicator used is therefore the same as that for mature full-time students: the percentage of entrants who come from a low participation neighbourhood and have no previous HE qualification. This indicator is given separately for young and mature entrants in table T2b. 

T2a: Mature full-time undergraduate entrants by level of study and low participation marker
POLAR3 low participation data
2014/15  |  2013/14  |  2012/13  |  2011/12  |  2010/11  |  2009/10  | 
POLAR2 low participation data
2013/14  |  2012/13  |  2011/12  |  2010/11  |  2009/10  |  2008/09  |  2007/08  |  2006/07  | 
Super Profiles low participation data
2005/06  |  2004/05  |  2003/04  |  2002/03  | 

T2b: Part-time undergraduate entrants by age marker and low participation marker
Correction note (29 March 2012): Table T2b for 2009/10 has been re-issued following the discovery that significance markers had been omitted for mature and for all entrants. The agency apologies for this error.
POLAR3 low participation data
2014/15  |  2013/14  |  2012/13  |  2011/12  |  2010/11  |  2009/10  | 
POLAR2 low participation data
2013/14  |  2012/13  |  2011/12  |  2010/11  |  2009/10  |  2008/09  |  2007/08  |  2006/07  | 
Super Profiles low participation data
2005/06  |  2004/05  |  2003/04  |  2002/03  | 

T2c: Mature full-time other undergraduate entrants by low participation marker
POLAR3 low participation data
2014/15  |  2013/14  |  2012/13  |  2011/12  |  2010/11  |  2009/10  | 
POLAR2 low participation data
2013/14  |  2012/13  |  2011/12  |  2010/11  |  2009/10  |  2008/09  |  2007/08  |  2006/07  | 
Super Profiles low participation data
2005/06  |  2004/05  |  2003/04  |  2002/03  | 

Supplementary tables - sector level

SP3: Mature entrants to full-time first degree courses by subject and entry qualifications
2014/15  |  2013/14  |  2012/13  |  2011/12  |  2010/11  |  2009/10  |  2008/09  | 
2007/08  |  2006/07  |  2005/06  |  2004/05  |  2003/04  |  2002/03  | 

SP7: Percentage of mature entrants to full-time first degree courses from low participation neighbourhoods by subject and entry qualification
POLAR3 low participation data
2014/15  |  2013/14  |  2012/13  |  2011/12  |  2010/11  |  2009/10  | 
POLAR2 low participation data
2013/14  |  2012/13  |  2011/12  |  2010/11  |  2009/10  |  2008/09  |  2007/08  |  2006/07  | 
Super Profiles low participation data
2005/06  |  2004/05  |  2003/04  |  2002/03  | 

Definitions - General definitions of the terms used in the widening participation performance indicators.
Benchmarks - Technical information on how the benchmarks in these tables are calculated.
Notes - Numbered notes referenced in the tables.


Enquiries

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