Commenting on UCAS End of Cycle 2016 provider-level equality data, University Alliance Chief Executive Maddalaine Ansell said:
“Today’s institution-level statistics provide a useful evidence base, increasing transparency and highlighting where, alongside the great strides higher education has made in widening participation, there is still more work to be done.
“While getting into university matters a great deal, getting on – in terms of retention and student success – is important too. We’ve identified how by showing leadership, making targeted interventions and adjusting practices and processes, institutions can identify and tackle attainment gaps for BME students. Alliance universities are among those leading the way in this work – addressing inequality is central to our mission.
“Although this dataset doesn’t cover part-time students, this remains an area which the government needs to focus on urgently given the sharp decline we’ve seen in recent years.”
Notes to editors:
- UCAS End of Cycle 2016 provider-level equality data is available online here: https://www.ucas.com/corporate/data-and-analysis
- University Alliance’s report Supporting thriving communities: the role of universities in reducing inequality, published last year, is online here: https://www.unialliance.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Supporting-thriving-communities-UA_WEB.pdf