Transparency information

We are committed to providing transparent information to our potential applicants to assist them when they are deciding which programme to study.

We are proud of the diversity of our student body across all of our Schools and value the individual experiences and expertise that they bring.  To deliver on our core purpose of transforming lives, the University is committed to widening participation and outreach.  We estimate that 42% of our new UK domiciled undergraduate students are the first in their family to attend University.  Our student community of over 24,500 includes more than 3,700 students from over 134 different countries.  Our track record on student achievement and social mobility is impressive. Approximately half of our students are from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) background.

The following information will be published annually, and provides data from application, offer, study and finally to award completion stage.

The information published on this pages shows the number of students who attained a particular degree or other academic award, or a particular level of such an 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.

Transparency 2021 information overview

These tables contain data relating to the attainment of 2019-20 qualifiers. The following data tables are included:

  • Table 1a Attainment 2019-20: This table contains data relating to attainment at the provider. This table presents the percentage of classified first degrees at grade 2:1 or above by characteristics for 2019-20 qualifiers.
  • Table 1b Attainment 2019-20: This table contains data relating to attainment at the provider. This table presents detailed information on attainment by characteristics for 2019-20 qualifiers.

Rounding and suppression

The data contained in the tables have been rounded and suppressed as follows:

  • numerators and denominators have been rounded to the nearest 10. Where the numerator or denominator rounds to 20 or less, the data are suppressed with an "N"
  • percentages are rounded according to the smallest, unsuppressed denominator in a given mode and characteristic. If the denominator rounds to:
    • 50 or less: percentages are rounded to 5%
    • 1000 or less: percentages are rounded to 1%
    • more than 1000: percentages are rounded to 0.1%
    • "N/A" is displayed where there is no provision in a given mode or level
    • "DP" indicates suppression for data protection reasons. This is applied where the numerator is two or less, or differs from the denominator by no more than two students.

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

Characteristic Characteristic splitPercentage
Ethnicity BAME 68.8%
Ethnicity White 83.9%
EIMD 2019 quintile 1 and 2 68.9%
EIMD 2019 quintile 3 to 5 80.9%
Gender Female 75.7%
Gender Male 76.3%
Gender Other N

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

Please scroll along the table to view all of the data columns.

Mode of StudyCharacteristic Characteristic split Headcount of classified First Degrees awarded % of classified First Degrees awarded as first class % of classified First Degrees as upper second class % of classified First Degrees as lower second class % of classified First Degrees as third class / pass Headcount of unclassified First Degrees awarded Headcount of other First Degrees awarded
Full Time Ethnicity Asian 830 30% 45% 20% 5% N/A 40
Full Time Ethnicity Black 630 20% 50% 25% 5% N/A 60
Full Time Ethnicity Mixed 200 30% 45% 20% 5% N/A 30
Full Time Ethnicity Other 150 25% 50% 20% 5% N/A N
Full Time Ethnicity White 1600 45% 40% 10% 0% N/A 160
Full Time Ethnicity Unknown 40 35% 30% 25% 10% N/A N
Full Time EIMD 2019 quintile 1 520 25% 50% 25% 5% N/A 70
Full Time EIMD 2019 quintile 2 920 30% 45% 20% 5% N/A 80
Full Time EIMD 2019 quintile 3 800 40% 40% 15% 5% N/A 70
Full Time EIMD 2019 quintile 4 620 40% 40% 15% 0% N/A 50
Full Time EIMD 2019 quintile 5 560 50% 40% 10% 0% N/A 40
Full Time EIMD 2019 quintile N/A 30 40% 40% 20% DP N/A N
Full Time EIMD 2019 quintile Unknown N N N N N N/A N
Full Time Gender Female 2140 36.5% 42.0% 18.1% 3.5% N/A 160
Full Time Gender Male 1310 36.6% 43.6% 16.4% 3.4% N/A 150
Full Time Gender Other N N N N N N/A N
Part Time Ethnicity Asian 70 DP 18% 38% 43% N/A 30
Part Time Ethnicity Black 60 DP 21% 39% 37% N/A N
Part Time Ethnicity Mixed N N N N N N/A N
Part Time Ethnicity Other N N N N N N/A N
Part Time Ethnicity White 150 33% 25% 26% 16% N/A 220
Part Time Ethnicity Unknown N N N N N N/A N
Part Time EIMD 2019 quintile 1 60 10% 20% 35% 40% N/A N
Part Time EIMD 2019 quintile 2 80 10% 25% 40% 35% N/A 70
Part Time EIMD 2019 quintile 3 70 10% 25% 30% 35% N/A 80
Part Time EIMD 2019 quintile 4 70 30% 25% 30% 15% N/A 60
Part Time EIMD 2019 quintile 5 50 55% 20% 20% 10% N/A 70
Part Time EIMD 2019 quintile N/A N N N N N N/A N
Part Time EIMD 2019 quintile Unknown N N N N N N N
Part Time Gender Female 170 17% 24% 28% 31% N/A 220
Part Time Gender Male 160 24% 21% 32% 22% N/A 80
Part Time Gender Other N N N N N N/A N
Apprenticeships Ethnicity Asian N N N N N N/A N
Apprenticeships Ethnicity Black N N N N N N/A N
Apprenticeships Ethnicity Mixed N N N N N N/A N
Apprenticeships Ethnicity Other N N N N N N/A N
Apprenticeships Ethnicity White N N N N N N/A N
Apprenticeships Ethnicity Unknown N N N N N N/A N
Apprenticeships EIMD 2019 quintile 1 N N N N N N/A N
Apprenticeships EIMD 2019 quintile 2 N N N N N N/A N
Apprenticeships EIMD 2019 quintile 3 N N N N N N/A N
Apprenticeships EIMD 2019 quintile 4 N N N N N N/A N
Apprenticeships EIMD 2019 quintile 5 N N N N N N/A N
Apprenticeships EIMD 2019 quintile N/A N N N N N N/A N
Apprenticeships EIMD 2019 quintile Unknown N N N N N N/A N
Apprenticeships Gender Female N N N N N N/A 30
Apprenticeships Gender Male N N N N N N/A N
Apprenticeships Gender Other N N N N N N/A N

You can view the University's Access and Participation plan here.

We have a strong record in terms of access and participation, which is evident in our student population and the proportion of students from under-represented backgrounds.

In our current APP, we have adopted the following strategic aims:

  • Achieving equal outcomes for all students which addresses our aims and objectives relating to key target groups (BAME, mature, low participation and disabled) and their non-continuation and attainment.
  • Transforming lives for all students which represents our commitment, not only to target groups, such as low participation, care leavers and mature students, but to the whole student community. We strongly believe that supporting and improving the student experience for target groups also benefits the whole student community.
  • Developing an inclusive culture and environment for students and staff which allows us to address key issues and challenges raised by our student and staff communities. A truly inclusive culture supports the whole student lifecycle through curriculum, pastoral and experiential support.

You can access the full data set for the University's Transparency Return here. This document includes detailed data and the rounding and suppression guidance.

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.

Initials used in transparency report

  • BAME = Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Groups.
  • EIMD quintile = English Index of Multiple Deprivation with Quintile 1 & 2 as most deprived and 3, 4 and 5 as least deprived.