29 March 2012

million+ comment on HESA Widening Participation Performance Indicators

Commenting on today’s figures from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) setting out performance indicators for Widening Participation in the UK in 2010-11, Pam Tatlow, Chief Executive of the university think tank million+, said: “These figures underline that it is modern universities which do all the heavy lifting when it comes to providing opportunities for students of all ages and backgrounds to access higher education. These same universities are losing student places while other universities, with more socially exclusive student profiles, argue that they should be able to recruit as many students as they want simply because they have higher A-level grades.

“Ministers should call a halt to extending the student number market in 2013. Any further moves to rig the market in favour of universities which are not contributing significantly to social mobility would be a travesty.”

Notes to editors:

  1. million+ is a leading university think-tank, working to solve the complex problems in higher education www.millionplus.ac.uk. For more information please contact Victoria Mills on 0207 717 1659 or 07900 277819.
  2. The latest HESA Performance Indicators on widening participation of under-represented groups can be viewed here.