# SoPA Students EDI Statistics

This page presents information about the gender and ethnicity of students in the School of Physics & Astronomy.

## Gender and Ethnicity Statistics for the School of Physics & Astronomy

### Introduction

The data presented below is produced by the University’s Equality Diversity Monitoring and Research Committee (EDMARC). When this page was published, the latest data available for was 2019.

University-wide reports, methods, and definitions are available at the EDMARC web-page.

In some places, where we have small statistics (e.g. 5 or fewer students/staff in one category), we have aggregated categories together. Where we have done this we have noted this in the text.

#### Notation

- In each graph, the School of Physics and Astronomy (
**SoPA**) is represented along with the College of Science and Engineering (**CSE**), of which SoPA is a part. The whole of the University of Edinburgh (**UoE**) statistics can be found on the far right. - For comparison, Higher Education Statistics Agency (
**HESA**) statistics can be found on the left for some statistics. This includes data from universities from around the UK, serving as a benchmark to compare UoE statistics to what is typical for the UK. - The sample size for students in each category ranks as follows: SoPA < CSE < UoE < HESA .

**BME**stands for Black and minority ethnic. In some places, we have separated BME into UK and non-UK students.- In the gender statistics, we sometimes report sex (i.e. female and non-female) as opposed to gender, due to the way the data was collected.

## Student Ethnicity Statistics

These present the proportion of Black and minority ethnic (**BME**) students for different groups.

The HESA data presented in the graphs of ethnic diversity is for all students in the UK in all subject areas, as HESA does not provide ethnicity data by subject area.

### Ethnicity: undergraduate students (UK and non-UK combined)

In SoPA, these are students studying for BSc and MPhys degrees. The other categories include other subjects.

### Ethnicity: postgraduate research students

In SoPA, these are students doing PhDs in Physics or Astronomy. The other categories include other subjects.

Due to small statistics in SoPA, we have aggregated the data for UK and non-UK BME students.

### Ethnicity: taught postgraduate students

In SoPA, these students studying for MSc degrees in Physics. The other categories include other subjects.

Due to small numbers in SoPA, we have aggregated the data for UK and non-UK BME students.

Commentary: From 2014 to 2018, there is a slow upwards trend for the College of Science and Engineering and for the University, with a slight increase in the percentage of BME students over time. The number of MSc students in SoPA varies vastly from year-to-year and this is reflected in the variation in the percentage of BME students.

### Ethnicity: UK undergraduate students

In SoPA, these are students studying for BSc and MPhys degrees. The other categories include other subjects.

### Ethnicity: non-UK undergraduate students

In SoPA, these are students studying for BSc and MPhys degrees. The other categories include other subjects.

## Student Gender Statistics

For the following graphs, the HESA statistics are specifically for women in the UK studying Physics and/or Astronomy.

### Gender: undergraduate students

In SoPA, these students are studying for BSc or MPhys degrees. HESA are students studying Physics and/or Astronomy; CSE and UoE categories include other subjects.

Commentary: The proportion of women in our undergraduate intake (29%, 39%, 35% in the last three years) is consistently above the UK average of around 25%. It might be useful to compare this to the proportion of women studying Physics at A-level, which is around 21-23% (source).