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The data below present information for HE staff and students split by gender, age, disability and ethnicity, plus POLAR student data (participation of local areas). We update these data annually. 

Detailed sector equality data are also available from the Higher Education Statistical Agency (HESA).

The Equality Challenge Unit publishes regular sector staff and student statistical reports on equality in higher education.

We can now report – for the first time – reliable statistics at a national level on Gender identity, Sexual orientation, Religion and belief and Parental education (HESA 'optional fields'). Explore this information.

We publish information about our broader approach to equality and diversity, including HEFCE policies and action plans. See more about our approach to equality and diversity.

Staff

Higher education staff equalities by age

Download the HE Staff Equalities tables by Age 2015-16_updated as PDF (133 KB)

Download the HE Staff Equalities tables by Age 2015-16_updated as MS Word (317 KB)

Higher education staff equalities by disability

Download the HE Staff Equalities tables by Disability 2015-16_updated as PDF (118 KB)

Download the HE Staff Equalities tables by Disability 2015-16_updated as MS Word (169 KB)

Higher education staff equalities by ethnicity

Download the HE Staff Equalities tables by Ethnicity 2015-16_updated as PDF (119 KB)

Download the HE Staff Equalities tables by Ethnicity 2015-16_updated as MS Word (169 KB)

Higher education staff equalities by sex

Download the HE Staff Equalities tables by Sex 2015-16_updated as PDF (113 KB)

Download the HE Staff Equalities tables by Sex 2015-16_updated as MS Word (125 KB)

October 2017: These are revised versions of the reports published on 3 August 2017. The reports have been updated to align to HESA reporting definitions that exclude atypical staff.


Students

Higher education student equalities by age

Download the HE Student Equalities tables by Age 2015-16 as PDF (100 KB)

Download the HE Student Equalities tables by Age 2015-16 as MS Word (152 KB)

Higher education student equalities by disability

Download the HE Student Equalities tables by Disability 2015-16 as PDF (99 KB)

Download the HE Student Equalities tables by Disability 2015-16 as MS Word (154 KB)

Higher education student equalities by ethnicity

Download the HE Student Equalities tables by Ethnicity 2015-16 as PDF (177 KB)

Download the HE Student Equalities tables by Ethnicity 2015-16 as MS Word (287 KB)

Higher education student equalities by sex

Download the HE Student Equalities tables by Sex 2015-16 as PDF (99 KB)

Download the HE Student Equalities tables by Sex 2015-16 as MS Word (154 KB)

Higher education student equalities by POLAR

Download the HE Student Equalities tables by POLAR 2015-16 as PDF (120 KB)

Download the HE Student Equalities tables by POLAR 2015-16 as MS Word (187 KB)

Page last updated 5 October 2017