Statement about the HEFCE Performance Indicators on widening participation
Press release issued: 11 December 2003
Statement issued in response to enquiries about the HEFCE Performance Indicators on widening participation.
The University's intake from the maintained sector rose to 62.1 per cent this year from 61 per cent in 2002. This is an all-time high, following a slow but steady rise since the 1997 figure of only 55 per cent.
We judge applicants on their ability, motivation and potential, not the sector in which they have been educated. We work hard, alongside the Students' Union, to encourage exceptionally talented people from right across the social spectrum to apply to Bristol. The ones we want exist in all walks of life and we are keen they should consider Bristol, whatever their background, so we don't miss out on their talent. A more diverse student body also means a better educational and social context for everyone.
There will be no let-up in our efforts to widen participation. It goes hand in hand with our mission to maintain standards. We have started a review of our work in this field with the aim of strengthening it.