What are the data resources?
The data tools include an interactive dashboard of data, which will help to evaluate access and participation at specific universities and colleges.
The dashboard can be used to compare different student groups (for example, disabled students or students by their ethnic background) and their peers, and reveal gaps in access, continuation, success and progression.
The data covers all universities and colleges registered with the Office for Students.
It shows student characteristics for individual providers and the whole sector.
We have also published all the underlying data, and supporting documents.
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What does the data measure?
The data includes measures of performance for each stage of a student’s journey through higher education:
These measures show the makeup of students entering higher education.
These measures show whether students continue their studies or not.
These measures examine the numbers of graduates who achieve a first or upper second class degree.
These measures report on whether students are employed or in further study six months after leaving higher education.
We expect to develop and refine the dataset as more measures become available.
We have published the data mainly for universities and colleges, especially where they need to develop access and participation plans.
The dashboard allows providers to pinpoint specific areas where they can improve access and participation across their population of students. This means they can use it to set ambitious targets, and evaluate the impact of their work.
The dashboard also makes sure that anyone – for example, the OfS or the public - can evaluate access and participation at a provider in a consistent and transparent way.
The data shows indicators and gaps in performance for different student groups compared with their peers across all stages of a student’s involvement in higher education.
It covers the latest five years of data available at the time of publication.
The data comes from national collections. In the case of higher education providers this is collected by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA). For further education colleges this is collected in the Individualised Learner Record (ILR).
Information about whether graduates are employed or in further study comes from the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey (DLHE).
Students are matched to the National Pupil Database (NPD) to determine their eligibility for Free School Meals at Key Stage 4. This is included in experimental form for access and continuation indicators only, and for the latest two years of data available.
Data is published for providers registered with the Office for Students.
We will update the data as more providers register with the OfS by following our release schedule set out in our summary document.
Comparative indicators for the sector as a whole include data for all English higher education providers as included in the HESA and ILR data mentioned above.
Summary and user guide
We have published a user guide and technical information about the data dashboard.
These explain how we have used individualised student data to produce the data.
About the data
The data shows numbers and proportions of students. We have also shown where measures in the data are statistically significant, as well as the upper and lower values between which we estimate the true measures to lie (confidence intervals).
The data covers UK-domiciled students studying at providers registered with the Office for Students at the time of publication. Information about students is attributed to the provider where they are registered (this may be different to where they are taught).
The access and participation data tools have been published as Official Statistics. Anyone wishing to use the data must follow the guidelines for appropriate use.