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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

 KeyNumber of applicationsPercentage of applications that received an offerPercentage of applications that accepted an offerPercentage of applications that led to a registration
Full Time Ethnicity BAME 7240 51.0% 11.7% 11.1%
  White 19880 66.2% 14.2% 13.4%
EIMD quintile 1 and 2 6530 48.1% 9.8% 9.3%
3 to 5 19370 66.9% 14.5% 13.8%
Gender Female 14610 60.8% 12.9% 12.3%
Male 12880 62.9% 14.0% 13.2%
Other N N N N
Part Time Ethnicity BAME N N N N
White N N N N
EIMD quintile 1 and 2 N N N N
3 to 5 N N N N
Gender Male N N N N
Female N N N N
Other N N N N
Apprenticeships Ethnicity BAME N/A N/A N/A N/A
White N/A N/A N/A N/A
EIMD quintile 1 and 2 N/A N/A N/A N/A
3 to 5 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Gender Male N/A N/A N/A N/A
Female N/A N/A N/A N/A
Other N/A N/A N/A


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

Ethnicity BAME 81%
White 89%
EIMD quintile 1 and 2 83%
3 to 5 88%

Female 88.1%
Male 85.5%
Other N


N/A - Not applicable as no qualifiers at this mode and level
N - 24 or fewer students in this population
DP -  Data suppressed for data protection reasons

University of Southampton context relating to the data contained in the Transparency Information Notice

The University of Southampton operates a fair admission policy and is committed to equal access and opportunity. The data contained within the Transparency Information Notice highlights areas where we have more work to do in realising our ambitions.

We recognise that the proportion of BAME applicants receiving an offer is lower than that of their white peers. This gap arises almost exclusively in relation to applications made to study Medicine. Excluding Medicine, 24% of applicants and 23% of offers made are to individuals from a BAME background and these result in 24% of our entrants. Whereas BAME applicants to Medicine account for 51% of all applications but account for only 34% of such offers and entrants. Whilst a gap is observed in each of our Medicine programmes, it is especially acute in our 4 year graduate entry programme.

Across the University (excluding Medicine) we have a gap of four percentage points between applications and offers made for those applicants in IMD quintiles 1 and 2. In Medicine this gap widens to 22 percentage points. It is most pronounced in our 5 year Medicine programme but also present in our 4 year graduate-entry programme. In our widening access Medicine programme, individuals from IMD quintiles 1 and 2 make up 75% of applications and 74% of offers made.

We will be working with the Faculty of Medicine to understand the causes of these disparities, considering the approaches we take to admitting students to our Medicine degrees, and seeking to close these gaps in the coming admissions cycles. More generally, we have committed ourselves to achieving stretching targets on access and attainment in our Access and Participation Plan agreed with the Office for Students.

Application and offer data by gender are more closely aligned and fluctuate annually. We will continue to monitor these data for any emerging trends. As an Athena Swan silver award-holder we are especially pleased to note the progress we have made in encouraging female applicants into STEM subjects. For example, in our Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, 19% of all applications are from female applicants who go on to receive 21% of offers made.

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