Participation performance measures

Strategic objective 1:

‘All students, from all backgrounds, with the ability and desire to undertake higher education, are supported to access, succeed in, and progress from higher education.’

We have two strategic outcomes under this strategic objective, and seven key performance measures (KPMs) to help us demonstrate progress against them.

1. Gap in participation between most and least represented groups

32 percentage points

In 2016-17, there was a gap of 32 percentage points between the most and least represented groups


We have postponed setting a target for this measure – learn more

The overall participation gap has reduced steadily in recent years

See KPM 1
KPM 1:% gap in participation between most and least represented groups (measured by POLAR)

2. Gap in participation at higher-tariff providers between the most and least represented groups

19.7 percentage points

In 2016-17, there was a gap of 19.7 percentage points between the most and least represented groups


Learn about the target for this measure

The participation gap at higher-tariff providers has widened slightly in recent years

See KPM 2
KPM 2 updated

3. Gap in non-continuation between most and least represented groups

4.6 percentage points

In 2015-16, there was a difference of 4.6 percentage points between the non-continuation rates of the most and the least represented groups


Learn about the target for this measure

The gap in non-continuation has been increasing since 2014-15

See KPM 3
KPM 3 Updated

4. Gap in degree outcomes (1sts or 2:1s) between white students and black students

23.8 percentage points

In 2016-17, there was a difference of 23.8 percentage points between the proportion of white and black students getting a 1st or 2:1


Learn about the target for this measure

The gap in degree outcomes has been falling but remains large

See KPM 4
KPM 4: % gap in degree outcomes (1sts and 2:1s) between white students and black students

5. Gap in degree outcomes (1sts or 2:1s) between disabled students and non-disabled students

2.9 percentage points

In 2016-17, there was a difference of 2.9 percentage points between the proportion of disabled and non-disabled students getting a 1st or 2:1


Learn about the target for this measure

There has been no further reduction of the gap in degree outcomes in the most recent year

See KPM 5
KPM 5: % gap in degree outcomes (1sts and 2:1s) between disabled students and non-disabled

6. The proportion of access and participation plans that contain robust evaluation methods, focused on impact and leading to improved practice

In development:

We expect to specify this measure during Spring 2019

This will be an interim measure looking at the use of effective evidence and evaluation.

Making sure that interventions either have a strong evidence base, or are developing new evidence themselves, will ultimately improve the impact of access and participation spending and therefore support improvements in outcomes for students. We will soon develop more sophisticated measures looking at the standards of evidence used.

7. Ratio of outcomes achieved through access and participation to money spent on access and participation

In development:

We expect to specify this measure during Spring 2019

We don’t just want access and participation work to have an impact, we want it to have as much impact as possible given the resources available.

The measure will capture the sector's ability to use access and participation funding effectively.

Feedback

We welcome feedback on the key performance measures, including on our overall approach and on individual measures. If you have any comments or queries, please contact Josh Fleming at [email protected].

If you have any queries about the statistics published as KPMs, please contact Matthew Jones at [email protected].

The Office for Students is committed to following the Code of Practice for Statistics for the statistics it produces. See more information and our statistics release schedule

If you have any other questions or complaints about statistics produced by the Office for Students, please contact Mark Gittoes, Head of Research and Analysis at [email protected] or call 0117 931 7052.

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