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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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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Map of young participation areas

This map shows how likely young people are to participate in HE according to where they live and how this varies across the UK.

About the map

  • Zoom in to see higher resolution areas.
  • For each area we have calculated the young participation rate.
  • This rate is defined as the proportion of young people (15 year olds) who entered HE by the age of 19 during the 2009-10 to 2014-15 academic years.
  • We have used these rates to assign wards into five groups: the POLAR4 'quintiles'.  
  • We have shaded each quintile with different colours. Areas in red are those in quintile 1 (and have the lowest participation rates) while areas in dark blue are those in quintile 5 (and have the highest participation rates).
  • By clicking on an area the POLAR4 quintile to which the area belongs can be seen, along with the underlying young participation rate.

Page last updated 27 October 2017

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