Now in its thirteenth year, our annual Equality in Higher Education: Statistical Reports aim to assist the sector in better understanding the main equality challenges for higher education institutions.
By presenting a snapshot of the age, disability, ethnicity and gender of higher education staff and students, as well as the interplay between these identities, this report can help direct future efforts to overcome these challenges and address the inequalities in the UK higher education sector.
As well as analysis of age, disability, ethnicity and gender, the reports present high-level findings on staff and student gender reassignment, religion and belief and sexual orientation data, and how this data intersects with other identity characteristics.
We encourage you to use these reports as a starting point for further examination. To help you access and analyse the data used, 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: for example, data disaggregated by five-year age group, impairment type, ethnic group, and subject area.
Our annual equality in higher education statistical reports provide invaluable insight on the equality, diversity and inclusion issues affecting the higher education sector.
An evidence-based approach to addressing EDI challenges is fundamental to the development of effective initiatives to make higher education inclusive and representative. These reports provide sector evidence which higher education institutions can use to help inform their own practice, and to collaborate to address sectorial challenges in equality and diversity.”
- Gary Loke, Director of Knowledge, Innovation and Delivery
Insights from the statistical reports
The report provides national figures which can be used:
- to consider the diversity of the HE workforce and student base as a whole
- to assess progress made over time, by comparing previous reports
- by higher education institutions for benchmarking purposes.
Access past Equality in Higher Education: Statistical Reports
All our previous statistical reports are available to view here: