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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 2018/19
In 2018/19:
  • Entrants from state schools or colleges. 92.2% of young full-time undergraduate entrants to Welsh higher education institutions (HEIs) in 2018/19 (2017/18: 92.2%) 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 2018/19 from low participation neighbourhoods (POLAR4) was 13.8% (2017/18: 13.9%). This continues to be greater than the UK figure of 11.6% (excluding Scotland).
  • Mature entrants. 14.4% of mature full-time undergraduate entrants to Welsh HEIs in 2018/19 had no previous higher education (HE) experience and were from a low participation neighbourhood (2017/18: 15.1%). This continues to be greater than the proportion for the UK as a whole (excluding Scotland) at 11.6%.
  • Young part-time entrants with no previous HE experience and from a low participation neighbourhood. 20.4% of young part-time undergraduate entrants had no previous HE experience and were from a low participation neighbourhood (2017/18: 18.6%), this continues to be greater than the proportion for the UK as a whole (excluding Scotland) at 15.4%.
  • Mature part-time entrants with no previous HE experience and from a low participation neighbourhood. 10.8% of mature part-time undergraduate entrants had no previous HE experience and were from a low participation neighbourhood (2017/18: 9.8%), this continues to be greater than the proportion for the UK as a whole (excluding Scotland) at 9.3%.
  • Disabled students’ allowance. The proportion of full-time undergraduate students in Welsh HEIs in receipt of Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) in 2018/19 was 7.7% (2017/18: 7.6%), this continues to be greater than the proportion for the UK as a whole, at 6.5%. The proportion of part-time undergraduate students in receipt of DSA in 2018/19 is 2.9% (2017/18: 3.1%). This proportion is slightly less than the UK as a whole at 3.1%.
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.

The POLAR4 method was introduced in the Experimental Statistics: UK Performance Indicators release and has become the standard method for 2018/19 data onwards.

You can find more information on the HESA website

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