WP Data

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There are a number of providers of WP data across the institution, however, the Reporting, Data and Insight team in Strategy Planning and Governance is a primary provider of WP data about students, while the Recruitment Support Team are the primary source of WP data about applicants.

WPREU are building their data analysis and provision resources and this page will be regularly updated with new resources.

If you would like more information about the main WP indicators currently in use across the University and how to access and use them please see the WP guide (available only for University of Sheffield staff via MUSE).

WP Indicator Guide and Resources (Google Site - TUOS staff only).

Widening Participation Indicators include;

  • Age on entry - HESA define mature students as those being aged 21 or over on 30 September in the academic year in which they start their studies.

  • Gender - Applicants are asked by UCAS to identify their gender at the point of application.

  • Ethnicity - Applicants are asked by UCAS to indicate their ethnic origin at the point of application, using a list approximately corresponding to HESA’s ethnicity coding structure. During the University’s registration process, students are asked to review and confirm this.

  • Disability- Applicants are asked by UCAS to declare any disability/ies they may have at the point of application. During the University’s registration process, students are asked to review and confirm this and to indicate whether they are in receipt of Disabled Student’s Allowance (DSA).

  • Socio-Economic Classification – This data is collected and analysed by UCAS at the point of application. Applicants are asked to indicate the occupation of their household’s chief breadwinner. UCAS categorise this information into the National Statistics Socio-Economic Classification (NS-SEC) frame work. NS-SEC is divided into 7 class bands from high level executives (1) to manual routine workers. Category 8 is used to indicate unemployment.

  • School Type - During the application process, UCAS categorise the school from which an applicant applies according to its funding and administrative status. These school types can be sub-grouped into state and independent categories.

  • Low Participation Neighbourhood (Polar 2 and 3) - Polar is a Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) measure of the rate of young people’s participation in higher education by electoral ward. Wards are grouped into 5 quintiles, with quintile 1 representing wards in the lowest 20% of progression and quintile 5 those in the highest 20%.

  • Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) - The index of multiple deprivation represents a combined ranking of 7 domains of deprivation based on the 2010 indices of deprivation for Lower Super Output Areas. The 7 domains of deprivation are; Income, Employment, Health and Disability, Education Skills and Training, Barriers to Housing and Other Services, Crime and Living Environment.

  • Sheffield City Region - The Sheffield City Region is defined by the Sheffield City Region Executive Team and identified by postcode location.