Admissions equal opportunities

Each year the Clearing House in Clinical Psychology provides data on applicant numbers for each of the UK Clinical Psychology Programmes and for the UK as a whole. They also provide a breakdown of applicants by gender, cultural background, age, disability, number of dependants etc. The programme compares its data to national patterns. Equal opportunities information is also collected from each intake of trainees after appointment. The data are analysed and provide a direction for future actions. Please see our Equality Scheme in the online handbook.

Equal Opportunities Data for 2016 Entry: Lancaster compared to UK wide courses

Dimension

Lancaster:

% Applicants :

% Shortlisted :

% Acceptances

Clearing House information, UK wide:

% Applications :

% Acceptances

Gender - female

78 : 69 : 78

82 :84

Dependants - yes

12 : 15 : 22

9 : 7

Sexual orientation - not heterosexual

13 : 17 : 8

11 : 13

Single

63 : 51 : 48

66 : 61

Age: 20-24 years

25 : 21 : 9

28 : 18

25 - 29 years

47 : 49 : 61

47 : 60

30 - 34 years

14 : 19 : 17

15 : 17

35 - 39 years

6 : 3 : 0

5 : 3

40 - 44 years

4 : 1: 0

3 : 1

45 years and above

2 : 5 : 13

1 : 1

Religion: total with a religion

34 : 24 : 35

32 : 23

Disability - total declared

10 : 15 : 26

9 : 11

Disability type

2 : 4 : 9

All types applying matched nationally. Lancaster appointed slightly more people who declared an unseen disability, proportionately

2 : 3

Socio economic background (1)

Prefer not to say (2)

21 : 13 : 9

24 : 18

Quintile 1

8 : 5 : 4

6 : 5

Quintile 2

13 : 15 : 17

11 : 12

Quintile 3

13 : 15 : 13

14 : 15

Quintile 4

23 : 31 : 26

18 : 17

Quintile 5

22 : 21 : 30

26 : 32

(1) The quintiles are from the POLAR3 data on participation rates in Higher Education. Applicants are asked to provide their postcode at age 18 which is matched with the POLAR data to give the HE participation rate for that area.

(2) "Prefer not to say" includes applicants who do not have an appropriate postcode e.g. from outside the UK.

The data for the Lancaster intake will inform the annual review of the Equality Scheme. There were indications that the programme should focus on socio economic factors in terms of potential disadvantage during the selection event so this will be a clear direction for improvement and monitoring in the coming years. National data also show that those from the highest socio-economic quintile experienced a slight advantage at the point of interview.