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Taking action in higher education

UCU responds to performance indicators for higher education

19 July 2007 | last updated: 14 December 2015

UCU today responded to the performance indicators released today by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA).

The indicators provide comparative data on the performance of publicly-funded higher education institutions in widening participation, student retention, learning and teaching outcomes, research output and the employment of graduates.

UCU general secretary, Sally Hunt, said: 'There has been a minimal increase in the number of students from non-traditional backgrounds entering higher education. However, it is only a minimal increase and we are still some way from a system where everyone with potential can realise it.

'We have been encouraged by the government's recent policy announcements for higher education - in particular around student funding. If the government is serious about really opening up higher education it needs to remove more of the financial barriers and ensure that staff and universities are properly funded.'

The figures released today are the ninth performance indicators and are for the year 2005-06, the year before the introduction of top-up fees.