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.
Higher education staff equalities by age
Higher education staff equalities by disability
Higher education staff equalities by ethnicity
Higher education staff equalities by sex
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.