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Transparency

The information published on these pages shows:

  • The number of applications for admission onto recognised, undergraduate higher education courses that we have received from UK domiciled applicants.
  • The number of offers we have made in relation to those applications.
  • The number of those offers accepted and the number of those who have registered with us.
  • The number of students who attained a particular degree or other academic award, or a particular level of such an award, on completion of their course with us.
  • It also shows these numbers by reference to:
    • The gender of the individuals to which they relate
    • Their ethnicity
    • Their socio-economic background (measured using the English Index of Multiple Deprivation 2015 (IMD)

It is important to note that the data presented has not been contextualised. This means, for example, that you will not be able to see from this data how many of those applying to courses met the entry criteria. It is also the case that universities and colleges will often receive many more applications than they have spaces on courses and so offer rates will necessarily be lower than application rates in those circumstances.


Table 1a: Summary of applications, offers, acceptances and registrations for 2018-19 entrants

Mode of study Characteristic Characteristic split Number of applications Percentage of applications received after an offer Percentage of applications that accepted an offer Percentage of applications that led to a registration
Full time Ethnicity BAME 5830 72.4% 22.3% 20.5%
White 20640 82.0% 24.6% 22.1%
EIMD quintile 1 and 2 10530 75.0% 22.9% 20.8%
3 to 5 15420 83.1% 25.0% 22.4%
Gender Female 14880 77.6% 23.0% 20.9%
Male 11790 82.5% 25.3% 22.7%
Other N N N N
Part time Ethnicity BAME 100 54% 32% 30%
White 580 78% 69% 61%
EIMD quintile 1 and 2 230 66% 54% 48%
3 to 5 340 80% 67% 64%
Gender Female 410 69% 58% 53%
Male 320 80% 69% 61%
Other N N N N
Apprenticeships Ethnicity BAME 30 DP DP 90%
White 250 100% 100% 90%
EIMD quintile 1 and 2 90 DP DP 87%
3 to 5 160 DP DP 90%
Gender Female 160 DP DP 82%
Male 180 98% 98% 87%
Other N N N N

Table 1a: Summary of applications, offers, acceptances and registrations for 2018-19 entrants

Mode of study: Full time
Ethnicity
BAME White
Number of applications 5830 20640
Percentage of applications received after an offer 72.4% 82.0%
Percentage of applications that accepted an offer 22.3% 24.6%
Percentage of applications that led to a registration 20.5% 22.1%
EIMD quintile
1 and 2 3 to 5
Number of applications 10530 15420
Percentage of applications received after an offer 75.0% 83.1%
Percentage of applications that accepted an offer 22.9% 25.0%
Percentage of applications that led to a registration 20.8% 22.4%
Gender
Female Male Other
Number of applications 14880 11790 N
Percentage of applications received after an offer 77.6% 82.5% N
Percentage of applications that accepted an offer 23.0% 25.3% N
Percentage of applications that led to a registration 20.9% 22.7% N
Mode of study: Part time
Ethnicity
BAME White
Number of applications 100 580
Percentage of applications received after an offer 54% 78%
Percentage of applications that accepted an offer 32% 69%
Percentage of applications that led to a registration 30% 61%
EIMD quintile
1 and 2 3 to 5
Number of applications 230 340
Percentage of applications received after an offer 66% 80%
Percentage of applications that accepted an offer 54% 67%
Percentage of applications that led to a registration 48% 64%
Gender
Female Male Other
Number of applications 410 320 N
Percentage of applications received after an offer 69% 80% N
Percentage of applications that accepted an offer 58% 69% N
Percentage of applications that led to a registration 53% 61% N
Mode of study: Apprenticeships
Ethnicity
BAME White
Number of applications 30 250
Percentage of applications received after an offer DP 100%
Percentage of applications that accepted an offer DP 100%
Percentage of applications that led to a registration 90% 90%
EIMD quintile
1 and 2 3 to 5
Number of applications 90 160
Percentage of applications received after an offer 98% 100%
Percentage of applications that accepted an offer DP DP
Percentage of applications that led to a registration 87% 90%
Gender
Female Male Other
Number of applications 160 180 N
Percentage of applications received after an offer DP 98% N
Percentage of applications that accepted an offer DP 98% N
Percentage of applications that led to a registration 82% 87% N

Table 2a: Percentage of first degrees at grade 2:1 or above by characteristic for 2017-18 qualifiers

Characteristic Characteristic split Percentage
Ethnicity BAME 57%
White 74%
EIMD quintile 1 and 2 62.8%
3 to 5 74.7%
Gender Female 75.7%
Male 65.8%
Other N

Principal Findings

It is our mission to use our knowledge and resources to make a positive and decisive difference to people, communities and organisations. We recruit from a broad range of communities of students and operate an open access policy. This means that the prior academic attainment of our student community varies widely. We are redesigning the learning experience to ensure that, wherever students start from, they access the academic and pastoral support to achieve their full potential.

We have reviewed each stage of the pre-entry student lifecycle against the key characteristics in the Transparency submission, which is available to download below. Most of our applications are received via UCAS and therefore our results closely match those published by UCAS in early 2019.

Socio-economic status (as characterised by IMD)
  • Leeds Beckett (LBU) receives applications from all socio-economic groups, with the largest number (6,111) coming from the lowest socio-economic group: IMD Q1. This reflects the University’s work to increase applications to University from all communities, including some of the most deprived.
  • LBU makes offers to 75% of applicants from lower socio-economic communities (IMD Q1/2) compared to 83% of those from mid to high socio-economic groups (IMD Q3-5). These different socio-economic groups display other differences which may impact these different offer rates, including levels of attainment at KS4 and the subjects studied. For example, many applicants from IMD Q1/2 apply for courses where admission is highly competitive, including Nursing which has a 14:1 application to place ratio. This leads to a lower proportion of these applicants receiving offers.
  • Applicants from IMD Q1/2 (lower socio-economic groups) are slightly more likely to accept their offer of a place at Leeds Beckett and to enrol than students from mid and high socio-economic groups.
Ethnicity
  • 21.3% of LBU’s applications were received from applicants from Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities. This is a higher proportion than the proportion of the Leeds City Region population that is from a BAME community (14.6%). Across all UK universities, 28.1% of UCAS applications are from students from a BAME community. For English providers this rises to 31.7%.
  • For UCAS applications only, 68.9% of applicants from a BAME community receive an offer. This is higher than the average for all UK and English universities. This ‘offer rate’ varies by specific ethnic group:
    • 73.4% of Asian applicants received an offer (higher than average of all UK and English universities).
    • 51.9% of Black students received an offer (lower than the average of all UK and English universities).
    • 72.2% of all applicants from a BAME community received an offer compared to 82.1% for White applicants. The difference in offer rate between BAME and White applicants of 9.9% is consistent across UCAS-only and all other applications received by the University. The University is working to close these gaps.
  • For part time courses, the proportion of BAME applicants receiving an offer, accepting an offer and subsequently enrolling is less than for White students.
Gender
  • 56% of our applications are from females and 44% from males.
  • For UCAS applications, the gap in the proportion of females receiving an offer compared to males is slightly smaller than the average for all UK universities.
  • 77.6% of female applicants received an offer, compared to 82.6% of males. In part, this reflects popularity of very competitive courses among female applicants: a high proportion of applications to our healthcare courses are from females, where the chances of receiving an offer are lower.
  • Compared to males (33.3%), females have a marginally lower acceptance rate (31.9%) but are slightly more likely to enrol (89.7% compared to 90.6%).
Actions

As highlighted in the University’s 2020-25 Access and Participation Plan, we have used this and additional analysis to identify actions to close the gaps in outcomes, outlined above. In 2019/20 these actions include:

  • Increased work with schools and colleges in the Leeds City Region, targeting students from BAME and other communities who are under-represented in the UK university student population.
  • Increased work in schools and colleges at Key Stage 3 and 4 to help pupils make informed subject choices that are more aligned with their university course ambitions.
  • More detailed data analysis and research within the University and with applicants and students from under-represented groups to improve progression to university.
  • A full review of admissions processes, including the impact of: interviews/additional assessment; requests for qualifications other than those achieved at Level 3 (KS4); and unconscious bias on the application process for applicants from under-represented communities.
  • The development and introduction of contextual admissions processes, to support progression to university for all students, particularly those from under-represented groups.

In 2020/21 LBU will, in addition to reviewing the success of these initiatives and making subsequent enhancements, work with the Students’ Union to develop a range of information and recruitment events for students from BAME backgrounds, lower socio-economic groups and for those living with a disability.

*The English Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) is a relative measure of deprivation across England compiled by Government. Deprivation covers a wide range of issues caused by a lack of resources of all kinds including, but not limited to income, employment, health, housing, and education. The IMD is divided into five groups or quintiles, ranging from IMD Quintile 1 representing the most deprived to IMD Quintile 5 representing the least deprived.

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