Latest figures from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) show that the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) has increased applications from low participation neighbourhoods.
The report, ‘Widening participation: UK Performance Indicators 2016/17’ published this week, shows that UWE Bristol is above the sector average for applications from this group and ranks 35 out of 122 English institutions.
UWE had a young, full-time, first degree LPN participation rate of 14.9% – against a standard benchmark of 12.5% and a locally-adjusted benchmark of 14.5%.
Jo Midgley, Pro Vice-Chancellor at UWE Bristol, said, “The University invests significantly in a range of projects to reach out to future students from disadvantaged backgrounds and under-represented communities.
“We work in partnership with schools, colleges and sixth form colleges to inspire and support the ambitions of our future students. We go on to support these students when they start at UWE to help them get the most out of their university experience.”
Findings show that students attending UWE Bristol from low participation neighbourhoods are as likely to achieve good degree honours and good graduate employment outcomes as other students, but are more likely to drop out of their course.
The report indicates that a greater proportion of disabled students achieved good degree honours than non-disabled students, and satisfaction among students with specific learning disabilities was considerably higher than last year.
Dropout rates for mature students are the lowest they have been for three years.
Applications and enrolments from black and minority ethnic students are 7% below the sector average, and are currently less likely to achieve good degree honours. However, student satisfaction and graduate outcomes for BME students are very similar to those of non-BME students
The proportion of female students at UWE Bristol has increased, but is still below the sector average. Female students are more likely to achieve good honours degrees than male students. Male and female students are equally likely to achieve good graduate employment outcomes.