This section contains detailed information on Students only. This includes demographical information on the student population (e.g., by gender, field of study, age group, geography), information on the socio-economic background of students, whether students progress into their second year of study, and whether students complete their studies. Explore these questions in detail in the sections below.

For information on Graduates, view Graduates.

For a quick overview of the wealth of data available on the HEA website, go to the HEA Statistics: At a Glance dashboard.

  • 1. Key Facts & Figures

    The annual Key Facts & Figures dashboard provides a thorough profile of the student population in higher education institutions. The latest dashboard includes figures from 2016/17 to 2022/23.

    Note that the first eight dashboards relate specifically to Students, while the remaining four dashboards relate specifically to Graduates.

    (Updated 04/10/2023)

    View Key Facts & Figures

  • 2. Widening Participation for Equity of Access

    Explore data on the socio-economic background of students, and the profile of students who reported a disability at the link below.

    Find out more

  • 3. Progression Rates

    Examine progression rates in Ireland –  how many first year students enter into their second year of study. Moreover, discover the student characteristics and factors influencing the likelihood of progression. Latest figures relate to the 2021/22 New Entrant cohort.

    Find out more

  • 4. Completion Rates

    Explore completion rates – whether students complete their studies. Moreover, examine the student characteristics and factors influencing a students’ likelihood of completing their studies.

    Find out more

  • 5. Research Info-Byte Series

    The Research Info-Byte Series focuses on specific policy-relevant areas, such as female participation in STEM. These are a series of Info-Bytes, leveraging the data available through the Student Record System, and other sources, and providing new, evidence-based insight.

    Find out more

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