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Data Provider: Welsh Government National Statistics Percentage of full-time first degree and part time undergraduate entrants from low-participation neighbourhoods (POLAR3 classification)

Archived (English only) – No longer updated.

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[Collapse]All UK HEIs9.610.610.010.910.210.9
All UK HEIs[Collapse]All Welsh HEIs11.614.512.413.711.814.4
All Welsh HEIs University of Wales Newport18.718.717.515.117.416.8
Glyndwr University24.522.222.923.325.319.9
Cardiff Metropolitan University11.615.713.015.412.918.1
University of Glamorgan16.713.817.413.216.114.6
Swansea Metropolitan15.012.414.310.315.110.1
University of Wales, Trinity Saint David....13.78.611.411.0
Aberystwyth University9.911.712.59.611.213.3
Bangor University12.016.212.514.511.714.9
Cardiff University7.412.712.210.96.511.7
Swansea University8.710.19.810.19.510.8
University of Wales Medicine......
Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama......
[Expand]All English HEIs9.610.410.010.910.210.9
[Expand]All Scottish HEIs............
[Expand]All Northern Irish HEIs5.


EDUC0146: Percentage of full-time dirst degree and part time undergraduate entrants from low-participation neighbourhoods (POLAR3 indicator)

ELLS: Welsh Government

Note: Last update: April 2013
Was added to StatsWales: April 2013
Next Update: No longer updated.
Will be added to StatsWales by: April 2014 (provisional)
Source: Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA)

The information in this table is taken from Performance Indicators in Higher Education in the UK available on the HESA web-site at A Guide to Performance Indicators in Higher Education is also available at this web-site.

The indicators are designed to provide reliable information on the nature and performance of the higher education sector in the UK. The performance indicators broadly cover access to higher education, non-continuation rates and outcomes. Indicators relate to higher education institutions in the individual countries of the UK.

The Performance Indicators Steering Group (PISG) has led the development of these indicators. Members are drawn from the four higher education funding bodies for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland (HEFCE, SHEFC, HEFCW, DEL); the Department for Education and Skills and other government departments, the Higher Education Statistics Agency, and universities and colleges through their representative bodies (Universities UK and SCOP)

Since 2002/03 HESA has published the Performance Indicators on behalf of the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) who published them previously. A number of changes were introduced for the 2002/03 publication; further details can be found at .

The access indicators relate to students starting in 2004/05; the indicators of non-continuation (students who do not continue after their first year) and of non-completion (students who drop out and do not resume later or transfer elsewhere) relate to the cohort starting in 2003/04. The disability indicator covers all students, not just entrants, on undergraduate programmes in 2004/05


Following the recommendations of the PI review, the Performance Indicators Steering Group (PISG) has agreed that the postcode indicator should be replaced from this year. The new indicator is based on the revised POLAR definitions of low participation areas. For this indicator, which is applied to young and mature, full-time and part-time entrants, a ward is defined as low participation if its participation rate places it in the bottom 20 per cent of wards ranked by this measure. Students have been allocated to these neighbourhoods on the basis of their postcodes. From the 2011/12 table onwards, the low participation data uses the POLAR3 classification. POLAR3 is based on the HE participation rates of people who were aged 18 between 2005 and 2009 and entered a HE course in a UK higher education institution or English or Scottish further education college, aged 18 or 19, between academic years 2005/06 and 2010/11.

More information about this change can be found at