Access Statistics Summary

Participation in higher education by students disadvantaged by socio-economic barriers

This data is derived from the Equal Access Survey, a voluntary survey which collects information on the social, economic and ethnic background of new students who enter higher education for the first time, and the Census. 2012/13 and 2016/17 data refers to father’s socio-economic group and cannot be updated for 2017/18 at this point. Ongoing implementation of the Data Plan for Equity of Access to Higher Education will allow for more in-depth analysis and reporting of students and their socio-economic backgrounds. Only students on full-time courses who identified Ireland as their country of residence are included.

Participation in higher education by “first-time” mature students

15.4% of students were “first-time” mature entrants in 2017/18

This data is derived from the Student Record System database in the HEA. A mature student is defined as someone 23 years or over on 1 January of their year of entry to higher education.

Participation in higher education by students with disabilities

10.5% of students indicated that they had a disability in 2017/18

The overall percentage figure is derived from the the Equal Access Survey. Figures relating to categories of disability are based on the number of students in receipt of the Fund for Students with Disabilities.

Participation in higher education on a part-time or flexible basis

20.6% of students were studying on a part-time or flexible basis in 2017/18

This data is derived from the Student Record System database in the HEA. Figures are based on enrolment data for undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Participation in higher education by holders of further education qualifications

7.3% of students entered higher education on the basis of a further education qualification in 2017/18

This data is supplied by the Central Applications Office.

Participation in higher education by Irish Travellers

61 Irish Travellers in higher education in 2017/18

This data is derived from the Equal Access Survey.

Ethnicity of new entrants to higher education

This data is derived from the Equal Access Survey. In 2017/18, 84.9% of respondents indicated they were Irish.