Widening participation in higher education

This series brings together all documents relating to widening participation in higher education


  1. Documents

We publish official statistics measuring progress on widening participation in higher education. These have changed over time according to data availability and the focus of efforts in widening participation.

Earlier figures have included the full-time young participation by socio-economic class measure, which shows the proportion of young people from the top 3 and bottom 4 socio-economic classes who participate for the first time in full-time higher education, together with the difference (or ‘gap’) between these 2 participation rates.

More recently, this publication has focused on progression rates to higher education for young people in England by free school meal receipt and school type.