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HEFCE closed at the end of March 2018. The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.

Many of HEFCE's functions will be continued by the Office for Students, the new regulator of higher education in England, and Research England, the new council within UK Research and Innovation.

The HEFCE domain - - will continue to function until September 2018. At this point we will close the site entirely and all its information will only be available from the National Web Archive.


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Benchmarked data

The interactive graph below shows benchmarked data for the factors in the raw data tab about full-time, first degree, UK domiciled entrants to HEFCE-funded HEIs from 2008-09 to 2014-15. These are benchmarked for age, entry qualifications and subject of study.

A value of greater than zero shows that the actual value is higher than expected even after taking into account the factors above. A value of less than zero shows a lower value than expected. Please note that categories with fewer than 23 entrants have been suppressed.

About the graph

This graph shows rates for full-time first degree UK-domiciled entrants to higher education institutions (HEIs) in England who are no longer in HE, split by student and course characteristics between 2008-09 and 2014-15. The graph focuses on the outcome of students one year after entry, and uses the same methodology as outlined in the UK performance indicators publication.

It provides detailed breakdowns of:

  • non-continuation rates - the proportion of students starting a first degree but leaving higher education during or after their first year
  • continuation rates - the proportion of students who complete their degree courses
  • transfer rates - the proportion of students who leave their first degree course during the first year and start a different degree course.

The characteristics considered are:

  • sex
  • ethnicity
  • disability
  • educational disadvantage (POLAR3 participation rate)
  • term time accommodation.

The performance indicators methodology used in the UK publication compares the actual transfer rates to the expected transfer rates given the profile of entrants. This expected rate (or benchmark rate) is calculated based on three factors: age, subject studied and qualifications on entry. 

These benchmark values have been calculated to allow meaningful comparisons to be made between types of students, but taking into account that other factors are known to influence non-continuation and transfer rates. This means that, when considering a characteristic’s benchmarked values, the effects of age, subject and entry qualifications are taken into account. 

The graph shows the difference between the actual value and the benchmarked value for the outcome at the end of the first year split by your chosen characteristic selected in the drop-down box.

Contact us

If you have any problems with the graphs or any feedback, please email or Rebecca Finlayson at

Page last updated 7 November 2017