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Participation indicators for Scottish HEIs

HESA does not publish UK performance indicators of participation from low participation areas (based on the POLAR3 method) for Scottish HEIs.

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The relatively high (in UK terms) Higher Education participation rate in Scotland coupled with the high proportion of Higher Education that is delivered in colleges means that the figures for Scottish HEIs could, when viewed in isolation, misrepresent their contribution to widening participation. Such indicators would also be misleading as Scottish HEIs recruit a considerable number of students from the other home nations, and only a small proportion of these are likely to be from low participation areas.

It remains important to provide an indication of the efforts made by Scottish HEIs to widen access to less privileged sections of Scottish society, and a specific indicator has been constructed with this aim.

This indicator looks at the numbers of young Scottish-domiciled entrants to full-time undergraduate courses from the most deprived datazones that contain 20% of the population and also from the most deprived datazones that account for 40% of the population. Two tables can be found in the excel spreadsheet below. The first table shows this indicator for the last three years, 2013-14 to 2015-16, while the second shows this indicator over the ten-year period from 2006-07 to 2015-16.

Previously SFC also published an indicator based on the proportion of Scottish-domiciled entrants to full-time undergraduate courses from social classes National Statistics Socio Economic Classifications 4 to 7 inclusive. This indicator, like the corresponding UK performance indicator, is no longer being published due to the data not being considered to be of sufficient quality.

Participation Indicators for Scottish HEIs [XLS] contains the following two tables:

  • Table 1: Young Scottish-domiciled entrants to full-time undergraduate courses at Scottish HEIs from the 20% and 40% most deprived data zones, 2013-14 to 2015-16.
  • Table 2: Young Scottish-domiciled entrants to full-time undergraduate courses at Scottish HEIs from the 20% and 40% most deprived data zones, 2006-07 to 2015-16.

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