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The indicators published cover widening participation (including disability), non-continuation (Note 2) and projected outcomes. A separate set of performance indicators on employment of graduates and research outputs will be published in July.
A comparison of some of the key indicators for higher education institutions in England shows:
|Percentage of young entrants to full-time first degree courses from low-participation neighbourhoods||n/a||n/a||n/a||9.2||9.6||9.9|
|Percentage of young entrants to full-time first degree courses from state schools||86.4||86.1||85.9||86.9||87.2||87.4|
|Percentage of young entrants to full-time first degree courses from NS-SEC groups 4 to 7||27.9||28.2||27.9||29.1||29.8||29.4|
|Percentage of full-time first degree students in receipt of Disabled Students' Allowance||2.6||3.1||3.7||4.1||4.4||4.6|
Since 1999, the four UK funding bodies have jointly published annual performance indicators to provide robust and useful management information for higher education institutions. The performance indicators are available on the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) web-site.
All percentages given refer to students registered at English higher education institutions. Similar figures are available for those registered at Scottish, Welsh and Northern Ireland higher education institutions.
Commenting on the performance indicators, John Selby, HEFCE Director for Education and Participation, said:
'The Funding Council and the higher education sector take widening participation very seriously and I am pleased that there continues to be gradual improvement in most of the performance indicators for participation by under-represented groups. The increase in full-time students over the last six years who claim Disabled Students' Allowance is particularly marked. This is a significant finding and ties in with our commitment to ensuring that higher education institutions provide improving provision for disabled students.'
The performance indicators cover the following areas:
Full definitions of all these are included in the performance indicators report.
Other indicators show that:
1. The performance indicators are published by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) on behalf of the four UK higher education funding bodies: the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW), Scottish Funding Council (SFC) and the Department for Employment and Learning in Northern Ireland (DELNI).
2. The non-continuation indicators reported here differ from the data used by HEFCE for funding purposes. It is possible for students recorded as continuing in these figures to be recorded as a non-completion in funding terms and vice versa.
3. The benchmarks are not targets and have no financial incentives or penalties associated with them.
4. The full text and tables of 'Performance indicators in higher education in the UK 2006-07' are available on the HESA web-site. The data given in this press release relate to England. Totals for the UK, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are given in the performance indicators report.
5. The development of the UK higher education performance indicators are overseen by the Performance Indicators Steering Group on behalf of the funding bodies and the higher education sector.
6. DIUS has issued a press release on the performance indicators, and John Denham has sent a letter today to HEFCE relating to them: