The UCAS 2017 equalities data is out

The UCAS 2017 equalities data is out

Make no bones about it, this is a big document. So, forgive us if we make the introduction and let you delve deeper for any specific information you might seek. But if you’ve not come across it already, this is the 3rd document of its kind and provides information around undergraduate admissions to 132 of the largest universities and colleges in the UK.

It allows universities to benchmark their performance in widening participation, and contributes to their commitment to transparency and openness in admissions. And it publishes recruitment of students by age, sex, and domicile, as well as data on offer rates and entry rates by sex, ethnic group, and area background (measured by POLAR3, except for Scotland where SIMD is used), showing the progress made on widening participation. 

As a report, it shows how likely students are to receive offers, placed in the context of the two factors most strongly associated with the likelihood of receiving an offer – namely predicted grades held, and the competitiveness of the course applied to.

It also shows how people from different UK population groups enter specific universities. These entry rates are important for understanding representation in higher education for different ethnic groups, where population sizes range widely.

UCAS Chief Executive Clare Marchant said: "It’s important that those applying to university are confident that their applications will be considered on the basis of their merits. Our data shows overall, admissions are fair. Applicants from all backgrounds receive offers at rates which closely match the average for applicants to similar courses, with similar predicted grades. Where there are differences in offer rates, we encourage providers to use these data to explore why.

"However, these data also show that, while progress continues to be made in widening participation, particularly at universities with a higher entry tariff, large disparities remain between the groups entering higher education generally, and at individual universities and colleges.

"Overall, people living in neighbourhoods with low entry rates to higher education, men, and the White ethnic group, are the least likely to enter university.   However, this is not the case at every provider. The portfolio of subjects offered, and the demographics of a local population, can be important factors in patterns of entry rates."

The report in its entirety can be viewed on the UCAS website

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

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