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Data use for access and participation in higher education

Higher education providers use a variety of data types and systems to inform the targeting, monitoring and evaluation of access and participation activities. This report looks at what data is used, how it is used and how useful it is.

This report’s findings and recommendations are informed by desk research and consultation with data providers, tracking services and data users in the higher education sector. The insights are designed to help the Office for Students (OfS) to develop guidance and resources to support effective data use as it works with the sector to achieve the goal of eliminating gaps in participation between the most- and least-represented groups within 20 years.

18 February 2020

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