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.
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