Published: 13 June 2016

UCAS publishes first equality reports for individual universities

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UCAS have published new analysis which extends its existing national equality reporting to individual universities for the first time.

Each report shows how likely UK students are to be offered a place and enter university, split by the sex, ethnic group, and background of applicants, during the 2010 to 2015 cycles.

Disadvantaged backgrounds

According to the report, young people from areas with the lowest participation in higher education are two-thirds more likely to go to university than they were 10 years ago. However, the difference between advantaged and disadvantaged backgrounds is still ‘stark’.

The University of Liverpool is ranked top in the country for the number of offers it makes to those in areas with the lowest young participation rates in Higher Education, overtaking Leeds University which was ranked 1st in 2015.


The numbers of black, Asian and mixed race students entering Russell Group universities have all increased since 2010.

Numbers of black students accepted by Russell Group universities have gone up by 62%, from 1,690 in 2010 to 2,740 in 2015. Between 2010 and 2015 acceptances for UK-domiciled black students to the University of Liverpool increased by 50%.

The number of Asian students accepted at Russell Group universities increased by 28%, from 7,285 in 2010 to 9,350 in 2015.  Between 2010 and 2015 acceptances for UK-domiciled Asian students to the University of Liverpool increased by 16%.

Numbers of ‘mixed’ ethnicity students accepted at Russell Group universities went up by 43% in the same timeframe, from 2,760 to 3,940. Acceptances for ‘mixed’ ethnicity students at the University of Liverpool increased by 89% between 2010 and 2015.


The reports into gender reveal that entries into university for women are increasing much faster than men and the gap is increasing with a disparity of 36,000 entries. Universities with higher tariffs have the smallest gap between male and female students.

Between 2010 and 2015, the number of male students entering the University of Liverpool increased by 14%, while the number of female students entering the University increased by 37%.

Committed to widening participation

Director of External Relations, Marketing and Communications, Claire Brown, said: “The University is committed to ensuring that a Liverpool degree is accessible to everyone with the talent and determination to succeed, irrespective of gender, race or background.

“Whilst we already have an excellent reputation for widening access to UK HE, these reports from UCAS allow us to look at the picture across the sector, compare our performance and identify issues and solutions to improve participation from all backgrounds. We will be actively using this information to support our future planning.”

The full set of reports are now published and available on the UCAS website.

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