Latest HESA data on state school pupils and university
The Higher Eduction Statistics Authority have release its latest summary of university widening participation. The statistics focus on participation rates among those from underrepresented backgrounds and those in receipt of disabled students’ allowance.
Details of the report can be seen here.
Expert reaction from Professor Anna Vignoles, University of Cambridge:
“The latest HESA figures are reassuring in some respects. The proportion of students from state schools and low participation neighbourhoods participating in higher education has not declined despite fears that it might. However, going forward we need to monitor this carefully as this year we saw application declines and we need to understand whether this will hit widening participation efforts.”