The Statistics Unit are currently analysing the socio-economic profile of students in higher education in Ireland by institute, field of study and other characteristics. This is centered on deprivation index scores assigned to students based on their home address (Census small area data). The HEA plan to change the equity of access funding model to deprivation index scores in the coming years.
Earnings Analysis – HEA + Revenue Data
The Statistics Unit are working with Revenue data in the CSO to model graduate earnings up to 5 years after graduation. This is an extension of work already produced in collaboration with the CSO looking at graduate outcomes.
We hope to make our data available on the CSO Statbank in 2019. This will provide users with more data manipulation options than are currently available in the static web tables.
Collaboration with External Researchers
We are currently working with a number of external researchers to make best use of rich higher education student data. One analysis at present is focussing on degree outcomes for students, peer effects and disadvantaged students.