Location, location, location - the widening education gap in Britain and how where you live determines your chances

Where you live will determine your chances of educational success and people living in traditionally underachieving areas are proportionately less likely to have a degree now than they were at the last election.

The 'Location, location, location - the widening education gap in Britain and how where you live determines your chances' report from UCU analyses educational achievement by Westminster parliamentary constituency in England, Scotland and Wales and ranks each according to the percentage of people with at least some qualifications and the percentage of people with a degree or above.

The 21 cities individually analysed in the report are Birmingham, Bradford, Brighton, Bristol, Cardiff, Coventry, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Hull, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, London , Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, Plymouth, Sheffield, Southampton, Stoke and Wolverhampton.

Location, location, location: full report [496kb] (opens in a new window)

Location, location, location: full report [408kb] (opens in a new window)

Location report: national ranking tables [306kb] (opens in a new window)

The data within the report comes from the Annual Population Survey which is a combined survey of households in Britain. The datasets were extracted from the NOMIS website and are subject to ONS Crown Copyright.

Location, location, location - executive summary

Research has shown that the cost to the UK economy of educational underachievement is over £18 billion a year*. This report shows how access to education is divided up, using national league tables and an analysis of 21 of our biggest cities. It shows that where you live is a key determinant of whether you will gain qualifications.

Top 20 with degrees

The top 20 constituencies with degrees

Worst 20 for degrees

The worst 20 constituencies for levels of degree

National ranking - degree level and above

National ranking of constituencies by degree level qualification and above

National ranking - no qualifications

National ranking of constituencies by no qualification

Location, location: London

London constituency qualifications tables

Location, location: local tables

Local qualifications tables