Access to Higher Education 2015/2016

A recently published article in the Times Higher Educational Supplement summarised data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency which indicated among other things that some Higher Education Institutions [HEIs] were much more likely than others to accept state school pupils onto their undergraduate courses.

If you click here and then on the Low Participation Neighbourhoods Link you will find information on the national percentages of students from low participation backgrounds gaining access to Higher Education.  In 2015/16 11.3% of UK domiciled young full-time entrants to first degree entrant courses came from low participation neighbourhoods.

There are also more detailed  HESA tables which also show the proportions of students  attending each individual HEI Institution who are from disadvantaged locations and I have extracted information from Table 1a  data and combined them with information from the THES article to generate a chart showing  the percentages of students  attending the 8 English HEIs  where entrance of state school pupils is particularly low who are from disadvantaged locations and comparing this with the percentages at  the 7 English HEIs where entrance of state school pupils is particularly high. [Scottish, Welsh and N. Irish HEIs have been excluded from the original 20 HEIs mentioned in the THES article]

My chart indicates that in the 8 English HEIs with relatively low state school entrance the proportions of students from disadvantaged locations are also very low and indeed below the benchmark percentages agreed in access arrangements with OFFA whereas in the 7 English HEIs with high relatively high proportions of state school pupils the percentages of students from disadvantaged locations are significantly higher and indeed higher than the percentages agreed as benchmarks with OFFA.

Data; Access to Higher Education and Disadvantaged Locations: Various Universities. [See chart two and sheet one]