Widening participation: UK Performance Indicators 2017/18
This release contains detailed information on: entrants from under-represented groups and students in receipt of Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA) for 2016/17 and 2017/18.
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. Supressed 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 2016/17 please see historic data.
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 POLAR3 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 to starting their HE course.
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 POLAR3 method from 2011/12, 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.
- The POLAR4 method is currently only being used in the Experimental Statistics: UK Performance Indicators release.
- 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.
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 POLAR3 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.
Particiption of under-represented groups - Supplementary tables
Supplementary table WP2 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 WP3 shows the percentage of students from state schools and from low participation neighbourhoods, again by the two benchmark factors.
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.
The supplementary table WP4 provides a breakdown of students in receipt of Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA) by subject and entry qualifications.
UK Performance Indicators pages
- Widening participation
- Experimental statistics
- Employment of leavers
- Historic data
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