An Overview of the Profile of Respondents versus Non-Respondents

Three years of new entrant data were pooled together for the overview provided below, namely 2019/20, 2020/21, and 2021/22.

  • Gender: Overall, 46.3% of new entrants identify as male. Of those who responded to the EAS, 44.5% identify as male, while 50.8% of non-respondents identify as male.
  • Age: Overall, 6.9% of new entrants are mature students aged 24+. Of those who responded to the EAS, 6.1% are mature students, while 9.1% of non-respondents are mature students.
  • Field of Study: Overall, the breakdown by field of study is largely similar. The three fields with the largest differences are Business, Administration & Law (18.8% of EAS respondents versus 19.4% overall), Arts & Humanities (19.5% of EAS respondents versus 18.8% overall), and Natural Sciences, Mathematics & Statistics (12.0% of EAS respondents versus 11.0% overall).
  • Programme Type: Overall, 85.7% of full-time undergraduate new entrants are studying Undergraduate Honours Degrees. For EAS respondents, 87.5% are studying Undergraduate Honours Degrees.

Overall, the profile of EAS respondents largely resembles the profile of the new entrant student population. As noted in the Introduction, in 2021/22, 74.1% of full-time undergraduate new entrants responded to the Equal Access Survey.

Graduate Outcomes for Students with a Disability

The ambition for supporting students with a disability goes beyond increasing participation rates. It is essential to also consider the experiences of students with a disability in higher education and their graduate outcomes. Graduate outcomes for students with a disability are available here.

Response Rates by Institute

Every year, the Equal Access Survey (EAS) is distributed to first year undergraduate new entrants. As noted in the Introduction, response rates to the EAS is particularly low for part-time students. Hence, the below table outlines the response rates for full-time first year undergraduate new entrants only by institute in 2021/22. The overall response rate is 74.1%.

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