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Equality in higher education: statistical report 2021

Our 14th national staff equality data report for higher education institutions (HEIs) aims to assist the sector in better understanding the main equality challenges for staff and students, directing future efforts to overcome them.

This report presents a snapshot of the age, disability, ethnicity, gender, and religion and belief of students in higher education (HE) for the 2018/19 academic year, as well as on the interplay of these identities (for example, female Black students and male disabled students). In addition, our report presents high-level and experimental data related to gender identity, sexual orientation and social background.

Findings from this year's report include:

  • The proportion of staff disclosing as disabled has nearly doubled within the last decade (from 3.2% in 2010/11 to 5.5% in 2019/20). The proportion of students disclosing as disabled has also risen from 8.0% in 2011/12 to 14.6% in 2019/20.
  • In 2019/20 the proportion of Black, Asian and minority ethnic academics was 18.0% of the total compared with 82.0% of academics who were white. Compared with white students, proportionally fewer Black, Asian and minority ethnic students were in full-time work, and proportionally more were unemployed 15 months after qualifying.
  • Women still form the majority among first degree undergraduate students (56.1%), but remain the minority in postgraduate research students.

Advance HE Members can access the reports, additional data and infographics below.

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Staff statistical report 2021

Equality in higher education: staff statistical report 2021
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Students statistical report 2021

Equality in higher education: student statistical report 2021
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Data Tables

To help you access and analyse the data, all of the tables presented in these reports are available to download in Excel format. These also include further detail not included in the report

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Infographics

We have produced a set of infographics for both the staff and student report, which visualises some of the key statistics. We encourage you to download the infographics and use them in your work in your institution.

Equality in higher education: staff infographics 2021
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Equality in higher education: student infographics 2021
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