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Undergraduate attainment statistics

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We aim to foster a community where enquiring minds can thrive and where the status quo is constantly challenged. Our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy and our institutional commitment to Athena SWAN enrich and strengthen our academic mission, and ensure that staff and students work and study in an inclusive and respectful culture.

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The principles of equality and opportunity for all are integral to our admissions policy that provides a professional and fair service for all applicants. We are further enhancing our approach to admissions by recognising that not everyone has had an equal opportunity to demonstrate their ability at school or college. That means we take into account more than just exam results, to assess potential and recognise achievements in a broader context. 

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Historic data

2021

The information published for 2021 shows the number of students that 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 socioeconomic background.

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 the student body is split between different degree programmes with differing rates of attainment. Nor does it show students' progress relative to their attainment on entry to university.

Table 1a: Percentage of classified first degrees at grade 2:1 or above by characteristic for 2019-20 qualifiers

Characteristic Characteristic splitPercentage
Ethnicity BAME 78%
White 87%
EIMD quintile  1 and 2 79%
3 to 5 87%
Gender   Female 87.2%
Male 82.6%
Other N

Table 1b: Detailed information on attainment for 2019-20 qualifiers

Mode of studyCharacteristicCharacteristic splitHeadcount of classified First Degrees awardedPercentage of classified First Degrees awarded as first classPercentage of classified First Degrees awarded as upper second classPercentage of classified First Degrees awarded as lower second classPercentage of classified First Degrees awarded as third class / passHeadcount of unclassified First Degrees awardedHeadcount of other undergraduate awards
 
Full-timeEthnicity Asian 150 25% 52% 18% 5% N N
Black 70 10% 60% 24% 7% N N
Mixed 120 35.0% 54% 8% 3% N N
Other N N N N N N N
White 2,690 32% 54% 12% 1% 30 80
Unknown 120 20% 52% 19% 9% N 70
EIMD 2019 quintile 1 260 23% 51% 23% 3% N 30
2 390 32% 51% 13% 4% N N
3 540 33% 52% 12% 3% N 30
4 770 32% 55% 11% 2% N 30
5 1,110 32% 56% 11% 1% N 50
N/A 100 27% 55% 18% DP N N
Unknown N N N N N N N
Gender Female 1,780 31.9% 55.2% 11.1% 1.7% 30 80
Male 1,390 29.9% 52.6% 14.9% 2.6% N 90
Other N N N N N N N
Part-timeEthnicity Asian N N N N N N/A N
Black N N N N N N/A N
Mixed N N N N N N/A N
Other N N N N N N/A N
White N N N N N N/A 70
Unknown N N N N N N/A 40
EIMD 2019 quintile 1 N N N N N N/A N
2 N N N N N N/A N
3 N N N N N N/A N
4 N N N N N N/A 30
5 N N N N N N/A 30
N/A N N N N N N/A N
Unknown N N N N N N/A N
Gender Female N N N N N N/A 100
Male N N N N N N/A N
Other N N N N N N/A N
Apprenticeships Ethnicity Asian N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Black N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Mixed N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Other N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
White N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Unknown N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
EIMD 2019 quintile 1 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
2 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
3 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
4 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
5 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Unknown N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Gender Female N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Male N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Other N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Key

  • 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

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