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Equality in higher education: statistical report 2011
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  • Publication date:
    December 2011
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Equality in higher education: statistical report 2011

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ECU's report into the equality challenges facing higher education

This report presents an equality-focused analysis of information on staff and students during the 2009/10 academic year, plus a year-on-year comparison showing the progress of equality across the sector over the last five years. For the first time the report looks at the interplay of multiple identities (for example female black staff, male disabled students).

Covering England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, the report provides a useful benchmark for institutions to compare their local statistics. New legal requirements across England, Scotland and Wales mean that higher education institutions need to set equality objectives or outcomes. The figures in this report, alongside information gathered at a local level, will provide an evidence base that will inform these objectives.

This is ECU's most detailed report so far, and has been split into two parts. Both parts cover the following equality areas:

  • Gender
  • Ethnicity
  • Disability
  • Age
  • Multiple identities

Part 1: Staff

Includes data on senior management post holders, pay gaps, analyses non-UK staff by ethnicity and provides an overview of national variations. There is a specific focus on professorial status and multiple identities.

For each equality area the report provides:

  • Key facts and figures
  • Occupational groups
  • Profile over time
  • Contract types (full-time, part-time etc)
  • Professors
  • Senior managers
  • Academic departments
  • Academic contract type
  • Salary

Part 2: Students

Includes data on disabled students' allowance, continuation rates, destination of leavers and has a specific focus on degree attainment and multiple identities.

For each equality area the report provides:

  • Key facts and figures
  • Profile over time
  • Subjects
  • Continuation rates
  • Degree attainment
  • Leavers

 Hard copies of the report are available. Please contact pubs@ecu.ac.uk to request a copy.