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Reaching out: The added value of HESA’s new measure of socioeconomic disadvantage - Appendix 4 (Northern Ireland)

Further work on our measure of disadvantage revealed an error in the generation of HESA measure deciles. Our output area files for England, Wales and Scotland contained statistics for higher level geographies (either local authorities, regions and/or countries), which had not been removed prior to the formation of the deciles.

HESA measure deciles have been recreated based on a total of 232,296 output areas (181,408 in England and Wales, 46,531 in Scotland and 4,537 in Northern Ireland). Around 1% of output areas changed from quintile 1 to a higher quintile or vice versa. Approximately 5% of output areas were affected when undertaking an analysis by decile. We have found the impact of this to be minimal and the conclusions of our research are not materially altered.


Appendix 4: Students domiciled in Northern Ireland

Table D1: The distribution of students only found in quintile 1 of the HESA measure by LGD 2014*

LGD 2014

Proportion (%)

Causeway Coast and Glens 16.7
Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon 13.5
Mid Ulster 13.2
Newry, Mourne and Down 13.2
Derry City and Strabane 9.4
Belfast 8.2
Fermanagh and Omagh 7.5
Mid and East Antrim 6.6
Antrim and Newtownabbey 4.1
Lisburn and Castlereagh 3.9
Ards and North Down 3.7
Total 440


Table D2: The urban/rural distribution of students only found in quintile 1 of the HESA measure*

Urban/rural classification

Proportion (%)

Mixed urban/rural 1.4
Rural 50.0
Urban 48.6
Total 440


Tej Nathwani

Tej Nathwani

Principal Researcher (Economist)
Siobhan Donnelly

Siobhan Donnelly

Lead Statistical Analyst