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Participation indicators for Scottish HEIs

HESA does not publish indicators of participation from low participation areas (based on the POLAR2 method) for Scottish HEIs. 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. A similar consideration applies in respect of students from lower social classes (NS-SEC4-7).

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 specific tables have been constructed with this aim. 

The first table 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. 

The second table looks at the numbers of young Scottish-domiciled entrants to full-time undergraduate courses from social classes NS-SEC 4 to 7 inclusive. 

SFC/ST/03/2016 Participation Indicators for Scottish HEIs 2014-15 [XLS]

  • Table 1: Young Scottish-domiciled entrants to full-time undergraduate courses at Scottish HEIs from the 20% and 40% most deprived data zones, between 2012-13 and 2014-15
  • Table 2: Young Scottish-domiciled entrants to full-time undergraduate courses at Scottish HEIs from socio-economic classification (SEC) classes 4 to 7, between 2012-13 to 2014-15
  • Table 3: Background data related to the construction of the above tables

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