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Data and statistics

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Browse data and statistical resources about equality, diversity and inclusion from a range of sources.

Relevant organisations and websites

Office for National Statistics – The UK's largest independent producer of official statistics and the recognised national statistical institute of the UK.

Higher Education Statistics Agency – The official agency for the collection, analysis and dissemination of quantitative information about higher education in the United Kingdom.

Heidi Plus – Helps staff from UK higher education providers, alternative HE providers, charities, Government departments, agencies, public bodies and not-for-profits to harness powerful insights from HE data.

Data2X – A technical and advocacy platform dedicated to improving the quality, availability and use of gender data in order to make a practical difference in the lives of women and girls worldwide. Data2X works with UN agencies, governments, civil society, academics, and the private sector to close gender data gaps, promote expanded and unbiased gender data collection, and use gender data to improve policies, strategies, and decision-making.

Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) – Releases statistics and reports for UCAS undergraduate university applications in the UK, covering patterns and trends across the year.

Universities UK – Offers a wide range of facts and statistics with a focus on the UK’s higher education sector.

Royal Statistical Society – Advocates for the key role of statistics and data in society, working to ensure that policy formulation and decision-making are informed by evidence for the public good. Browse a list of their public courses.

Office for Students – Offers a wide range of information on data, analysis, insight and key indicators in relation to higher education throughout the UK.

The Statistical Advisory Service (Imperial College London) – Offers advice, support and practical help in carrying out research, writing grant applications and providing specialised research training. They also provide short courses in statistics and statistical software.

UK Data Service – A comprehensive resource funded by the ESRC to support researchers, teachers and policymakers who depend on high-quality social and economic data.

Data.gov.uk – Find data published by the central Government, local authorities and public bodies to help you build products and services.

Resources and articles of interest

ECU’s statistical reports – These reports provide equality data on staff and students within UK higher education, and students in Scottish colleges. Each report covers data on age, disability, ethnicity and gender, as well as a combination of these groups under ‘multiple identities’.

Benchmarking and related techniques – From Statistics Canada, an overview of aspects to consider before undertaking a benchmarking exercise. 

Universities UK data and analysis – A comprehensive set of statistical reports focusing on the UK higher education sector.

Monitoring & Evaluation – This site is dedicated to the Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) work related to development of programmes and projects. Visitors to the site learn how to measure progress, monitor outputs or evaluate results/impact, as well as how to quantify their work or outcomes.

Data sources focusing on ethnicity – From the Centre on Dynamics of Ethnicity.

Data for the Sustainable Development Goals – The UNESCO Institute for Statistics provides a vast library of information focusing on education and literacy, science, technology and innovation, culture and communications and information.

UKRI reports and data sources – From UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), the organisation which oversees UK research funding.

Data with destiny: How to turn your charity’s data into meaningful action – From the New Philanthropy Company (NPC), a practical guide showing how charities can use the data they gather more efficiently.

OpenRefine – A standalone open source desktop application for data clean-up and transformation to other formats (known as data wrangling).

Overview: Data Collection and Analysis Methods in Impact Evaluation – UNICEF Briefing Note.

Higher education in numbers – Key facts and figures from Universities UK about UK higher education, from the numbers of undergraduate and postgraduate students to how much universities contribute to the UK economy.