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Access and transparency

All UK universities registered with the Office for Students are required to publish information relating to their undergraduate applications, offers, acceptances, registrations (or enrolments) and attainment.

The information published on these pages shows:

  • The number of applications for admission on to recognised, undergraduate higher education courses that we have received from UK domiciled applicants
  • The number of offers we have made in relation to those applications
  • The number of those offers accepted and the number of those who have registered with us
  • The number of students who attained a particular degree or other academic award, or a particular level of such an award, on completion of their course with us.

It also shows these numbers by reference to:

  • The gender of the individuals to which they relate
  • Their ethnicity
  • Their socio-economic background.

It is important to note that the data presented has not been contextualised. This means, for example, that you will not be able to see from this data how many of those applying to courses met the entry criteria. It is also the case that universities and colleges will often receive many more applications than they have spaces on courses and so offer rates will necessarily be lower than application rates in those circumstances. 

Contextual information

The strategic measures in our Access and Participation Plan are designed to address performance gaps across the student lifecycle for our target groups, including Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) students and those from lower socio-economic backgrounds.

We continue to review our offer-making process and use contextual data to identify potential in applicants which is not always evident purely from their entry qualifications. For the 2020 entry admissions cycle, we are introducing ‘AccessBU’, aimed at applicants from non-traditional backgrounds, which makes our offer-making process more personalised and flexible. This allows each applicant to identify extenuating circumstances or other factors not evident in their UCAS application which we can take into account when considering their application. 

Summary of applications, offers, acceptances and registrations for 2018-19 entrants

Number of applications Percentage of applications that received an offer Percentage of applications that  accepted an offer  Percentage of applications that led to a registration
Full-time Ethnicity White 15330 77.3% 22.3% 21.2%
BAME 3470 73.1% 19.1% 18.2%
EIMD quintile 1 and 2 4770 71.0% 20.6% 19.5%
3 to 5 13590 78.7% 22.3% 21.2%
Gender Male 8980 81.3% 22.6% 21.2%
Female 10000 71.8% 20.7% 19.9%
Other N N N N
Part-time Ethnicity White 110 92% 88% 85%
BAME N N N N
EIMD quintile 1 and 2 40 90% 80% 75%
3 to 5 90 95% 90% 85%
Gender Male 100 90% 90% 85%
Female 40 95% 80% 80%
Other N N N N
Apprenticeships Ethnicity White N/A N/A N/A N/A
BAME N/A N/A N/A N/A
EIMD quintile 1 and 2 N/A N/A N/A N/A
3 to 5 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Gender Female N/A N/A N/A N/A
Male N/A N/A N/A N/A
Other N/A N/A N/A N/A

Percentage of first degrees at grade 2:1 or above by characteristic for 2017-18 qualifiers

Percentage
Ethnicity BAME 65%
White 82%
EIMD quintile 1 and 2 72%
3 to 5 78%
Gender Female 78.2%
Male 75.0%
Other N

Key

N/A: Not applicable as no qualifiers at this mode and level
N: 24 or fewer students in this population
DP: Data suppressed for data protection reasons

The above tables contain a summary of the data referenced. Download the full dataset (pdf 429kb) for more detailed information.