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UK Performance Indicators in higher education 2012/13

Indicators for Widening Participation and Non-continuation are published today on the HESA website.

The full tables show the indicators for every HE institution in the UK alongside their benchmark.

Table T1a shows the percentage of young entrants in 2012/13 from state schools, lower socio-economic classifications (SEC) and low participation neighbourhoods by institution.

Table T3a shows the percentage of 2011/12 entrants not continuing into second year by institution.

Table T5 shows the projected outcomes for 2011/12 entrants by institution.

Summary tables showing statistics for the whole UK can be found here.

Widening participation of under-represented groups 

The latest statistics show that of all UK domiciled, young, full-time, first degree entrants in 2012/13:

  • 89.3% were from state schools - the highest proportion since the indicators were introduced
  • 32.3% were from NS-SEC classes 4-7 - also the highest level recorded
  • 10.9% were from low-participation neighbourhoods (see Note 5).

The graph below shows the proportion of UK domiciled, young, full-time, first degree entrants from state schools for the years 1998/99 to 2012/13 (see Note 6):

Percentage of UK domiciled young full-time first degree entrants from state schools 1998/99 to 2012/13

More Widening Participation summary tables and charts can be found here. The full institution level tables are available from here.

Non-continuation rates

The latest statistics show that 5.7% of UK domiciled, young, full-time, first degree entrants in 2011/12 did not continue in higher education in 2012/13. This is the lowest rate recorded since the indicator was introduced. The graph below shows the non-continuation rates of UK domiciled, young, full-time, first degree entrants from the years 1997/98 to 2011/12:

Percentage of UK domiciled young full-time first degree entrants not continuing in HE after their first year 1997/98 to 2011/12

More Non-continuation summary tables and charts can be found here. The full institution level tables are available from here.

Notes for Editors

  1. Press enquiries should be directed to:
  2. Technical enquiries should be directed to:
  3. The Guide to UKPIs explains what the UK Performance Indicators are, and why they are produced.
  4. The UKPI tables include a Benchmark for each institution. This is a sector average adjusted for the type of institution in question. The benchmarks are not government targets or quotas. See the Guide to UKPIs for more information, or the Benchmarks page for full technical details.
  5. Low Participation Neighbourhoods are defined by the POLAR3 classification created by HEFCE. This is an update of the previous POLAR2 classification and so the figures for this indicator are not perfectly comparable with years before 2009/10.
  6. The state school indicator is not adjusted to reflect changes in the relative proportions of state and independent school pupils over time.
  7. The UK Performance Indicators are defined and specified by the UK Performance Indicators Steering Group (UKPISG). Questions about UKPISG should be addressed to the HEFCE Press Office on 0117 9317363.
  8. A second tranche of UK Performance Indicators covering Employment of Graduates and Research Output will be published in July 2014.

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