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Access Data

Equal Access Data

Since 2007, all publicly funded higher education institutions have gathered additional information, as part of student registration, on the socio-economic, ethnic/cultural and disability background of new entrants to the sector on behalf of the HEA. Collecting this information is an important activity for both the HEA and institutions. It advises essential research and statistical analysis underpinning the provision and funding of services and support for students, both at a local and a national level. It also supports the HEA and institutions in fulfilling their core equality functions as set out in legislation.

The below table gives some recent data on the current participation rates by the under-represented groups targeted by the National Access Policy Office:

Semi/unskilled manual worker group (new entrants as a % of 18-20 year olds in the population) 26%
Non-manual worker group (new entrants as a % of 18-20 year olds in the population) 23%
Full-time mature students (% of new entrants) 13%
Full and part -time mature students (% of new entrants) 19%
Students with disabilities (% of new entrants) 6%
Part-time/flexible participation (% of all students) 19%
Entrants on the basis of a further education qualification (% of new entrants) 7%
Irish Travellers (overall number of students) 35

A good deal of this data is gathered through the Equal Access Survey, a voluntary survey that is completed by students as part of their registration process. An information leaflet on the Equal Access Survey is available for download below, as is an external audit of the survey undertaken in 2010.

Equal Access leaflet 2015
External Audit of HEA Equal Access Survey

External Audit of HEA Equal Access Survey

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