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Equality in higher education: statistical reports

Every year, Advance HE’s Research team produces a series of statistical reports on equality for staff and students in UK higher education


Now in its 14th year, our annual Equality in Higher Education: Statistical Reports aim to assist the sector in better understanding the main equality challenges for higher education institutions.

By presenting a snapshot of the age, disability, ethnicity and gender of higher education staff and students, as well as the interplay between these identities, this report can help direct future efforts to overcome these challenges and address the inequalities in the UK higher education sector.

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The 2022 Equality in higher education: statistical reports are available to download by Advance HE Members.

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The supporting data tables for the 2022 Equality in higher education: statistical reports are available to download.

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As well as analysis of age, disability, ethnicity and gender, the reports present high-level findings on staff and student gender reassignment, religion and belief and sexual orientation data, and how this data intersects with other identity characteristics.

We encourage you to use these reports as a starting point for further examination. To help you access and analyse the data used, all of the tables presented in these reports are available to download in Excel format. These also include further detail not included in the report: for example, data disaggregated by five-year age group, impairment type, ethnic group, and subject area.

Our annual equality in higher education statistical reports provide invaluable insight on the equality, diversity and inclusion issues affecting the higher education sector.

An evidence-based approach to addressing EDI challenges is fundamental to the development of effective initiatives to make higher education inclusive and representative. These reports provide sector evidence which higher education institutions can use to help inform their own practice, and to collaborate to address sectorial challenges in equality and diversity.”

 - Gary Loke, Director of Knowledge, Innovation and Delivery