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Equality in higher education: statistical report 2012

The equality challenges facing UK higher education

This report presents an analysis of the gender, ethnicity, disability and age profiles of the HE workforce (Part 1: staff) and full- and part-time students (Part 2: students) during the 2010/11 academic year.

Using data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) staff and student records the report also shows the progress of equality in these areas over time.

Digging deeper into the figures

This year we’ve provided even more detail to enable you to undertake more sophisticated analysis of complex figures – allowing you to help identify where to target scarce resources and understand where you can act to ensure greater impact.

For example, we’ve disaggregated black and minority ethnic groupings to illustrate striking differences in experience, for example between black Caribbean and black African students. This year we also split the ‘Asian’ groupings to show the differences for Indian, Bangladeshi and Pakistani staff and students in higher education.

We’ve also increased our coverage of the intersection of equality areas, for example looking at what being a disabled woman or an Asian man does to your average salary or final degree result.

New areas

The report has been expanded to cover several new areas:

  • Destinations of staff leaving universities
  • Data on first year students alongside that for all students
  • Data on taught and research postgraduates
  • Degree attainment by subject and equality area
  • Data on gender, disability and age of international students (EU and non-EU)

Hardcopies will be distributed to all higher education institutions in the UK. If you require further copies, please contact pubs@ecu.ac.uk.