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ECU response to UCAS publishing applications and offer data

Published: 09/06/2016

ECU responds to UCAS releasing individual HEI data on offers and acceptance by ethnicity, gender and background

Today UCAS have published new analysis on numbers of applications, offers and acceptances from UK domiciled students by ethnic group, sex and area background.

At ECU we welcome any move to make data available and transparent so that institutions can be analytical in their approach to equality, diversity and inclusion and can ensure they are prioritising and directing resources in the best possible way.

We hope that the availability of this data in a public forum will assist universities consider how they can become more accessible and address any inequalities for students across all stages of their higher education journey.

Institutions are already able to access their own ‘raw’ data on their applicants, as set out in the factsheet that ECU and UCAS produced in partnership earlier this year. Such data, that has not been controlled for predicted grades, is important when considering the full admissions process. For example research from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills revealed that predictions for Black applicants were the least accurate. Therefore controlling in this manner may hide bias in the recruitment process that occurs before the offer stage, and universities should consider this when reviewing their data in order to fully address fair access.

ECU’s equality charters are evidence-based and rely on data to identify issues and prioritise actions across the whole academic pipeline, including admissions. We look forward to continuing to work with the sector to ensure our universities attract, recruit and retain talented individuals so no one is held back by their ethnicity, gender or social background.