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UK Performance Indicators

UK performance indicators are published annually by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) on behalf of the four higher education funding councils in the UK.

Performance Indicators in Higher Education in the UK 2016/17
In 2016/17:
  • Entrants from state schools or colleges. 92.5% of young full-time undergraduate entrants to Welsh higher education institutions (HEIs) in 2016/17 (2015/16: 93.2%) were from state schools or colleges. This continues to be greater than the UK as a whole at 90.2%.
  • Entrants from low participation neighbourhoods. The proportion of young full-time undergraduate entrants to Welsh HEIs in 2016/17 from low participation neighbourhoods (POLAR3) was 13.9% (2015/16: 14.5%). This continues to be greater than the UK figure of 11.6%.
  • Mature entrants. 15.7% of mature full-time undergraduate entrants to Welsh HEIs in 2016/17 had no previous higher education (HE) experience and were from a low participation neighbourhood (2015/16: 17.0%). This continues to be greater than the proportion for the UK as a whole (excluding Scotland) at 12.3%.
  • Young part-time entrants with no previous HE experience and from a low participation neighbourhood. 16.9% of young part-time undergraduate entrants had no previous HE experience and were from a low participation neighbourhood (2015/16: 17.5%), this continues to be greater than the proportion for the UK as a whole (excluding Scotland) at 15.6%.
  • Mature part-time entrants with no previous HE experience and from a low participation neighbourhood. 9.8% of mature part-time undergraduate entrants had no previous HE experience and were from a low participation neighbourhood (2015/16: 10.4%), this continues to be greater than the proportion for the UK as a whole (excluding Scotland) at 8.1%.
  • Disabled students’ allowance. The proportion of full-time undergraduate students in Welsh HEIs in receipt of Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) in 2016/17 was 8.3% (2015/16: 8.1%), this continues to be greater than greater than the proportion for the UK as a whole, at 6.6%. The proportion of part-time undergraduate students in receipt of DSA in 2016/17 is 3.3% (2015/16: 3.6%). This proportion is the same as the UK as a whole.
Notes

The relatively high (in UK terms) participation rate in Scotland coupled with the very high proportion of HE that occurs in FE colleges means that the figures for Scottish HE providers could, when viewed in isolation, misrepresent their contribution to widening participation. Therefore, low participation data has not been produced for HE providers in Scotland.

From 2014/15, Open University students are counted within the country where their national centre is located. Prior to 2014/15 data for the Open University was counted within England only. Therefore caution should be exercised when comparing 2015/16 and 2016/17 country totals with earlier data, particularly for part-time only indicators.

You can find more information on the HESA website

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