Young participation in UK higher education

HEFCE publish some great maps of participation in higher education and, even better, release the data. I’ve reproduced the map of young participation rates below with a slightly finer grained, sequential colour map, which I think helps to pick out the regions of low participation. Areas where fewer young people progress to higher education are highlighted in red.

Quandl update

It’s been a few months since I wrote about how much I love Quandl so you might be wondering how things are working out for me. The good stuff is still really good but there are a few things that still need work. Read more

How Quandl changed my life

This post is a little out of the ordinary for TVHE but I thought I’d talk a bit about the tools I use every day. If you’re anything like me you spend an inordinate amount of time cleaning up data. Even something as simple as using GDP in a regression involves finding the right page on the ONS/Stats NZ website, downloading a CSV, then importing the CSV while being careful not to catch any of the extra junk in there. Read more