Sector statistics on equality and diversity

Collecting statistical data about a higher education sector’s performance regarding equality and diversity is an effective way of monitoring the development and setting good examples.

An example from Wales: Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW)

Each year HEFCW collects and produces statistical data about the HE sector’s performance regarding equality and diversity.

The data used in monitoring have been taken from Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) records. Data are submitted by British higher education providers to Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) after the end of the academic year and then supplied to HEFCW. These reports and their accompanying analysis are based on returns made by Welsh higher education institutions and includes data for students on HEFCW.

This provides ideas on what kind of information you could collect for your own statistical data in you university and country about the HE sector’s performance regarding equality and diversity (age, disability, ethnicity, gender, etc.). Important questions to consider:

  • Why is the collection of specific data important?
  • What can it be used for?

Learn more about the monitoring with Equality and diversity statistics by HEFCW