Data & Reports

Annual Report

The Annual Report provides information on how the University of Birmingham is meeting its responsibilities under the Equality Act 2010 Equality Duty. The reports discuss the previous year's EDi work, the plans for the current year and to showcase the most up to date data of students and staff.

Annual Report 2019

Equality Marks

The University strongly believes in engaging with sector-leading equality marks to ensure we are on top of our commitment to Equality and Diversity, as well as engaging with best practice within the sector and beyond. Below you can click on the Equality Marks to see what we are doing in each of the areas for students, how they affect you, and how you can get involved.



Data & Statistics  

The University collects data from students to proactively evaluate if they are in compliance with the Equality Duty as a higher education institution. 



  • The total student population in 2018 was 33,570, representing a year-by-year increase of 1.68%.

  • They consisted of 22,002 undergraduate students, 8,677 postgraduate taught students, and 2,891 postgraduate research students. 


  • 21,143 or 96.10% of our undergraduate students in 2018 was 21 year-old or below.

  • This represented a marginal increase from 94.13% in 2014. 5,188 or 59.79% of our postgraduate taught students were 22-30 year-old, followed by 31-50 year-old (2,305 or 26.56%).

  • The 22-30 year-old and 31-50 year old groups were also the main cohorts of our postgraduate research student population with 1,862 (64.41%) and 769 (26.60%) students respectively.


  • 19,628 or 58.47% of our students were female.

  • The gender split was consistent in four of the five Colleges except for College of Engineering and Physical Sciences (28.29%). Whilst the School of Engineering had the lowest proportion of female students (19.86%), the School of Psychology topped at 83.69% female students.

  • The University also provides the third option for non-binary or other forms of self-expression on gender identity.

Gender Identity

  • The University has been collecting data on gender identity since 2015.

  • Of those who have disclosed, less than 0.50% have a gender identity different to that assigned to them at birth.

  • Options for reporting additional identity information include man, woman, non-binary, agender, gender-queer, gender-fluid, and option for self-expression.

Sexual Orientation

  • The declaration rate on sexual orientation by undergraduate students (94.05%) was the highest among our student population.

  • Postgraduate taught students at 91.38% and postgraduate research students at 86.85%.

  • 4.17% reported as bisexuals, 1.33% as gay men, and 0.75% as gay women/lesbians.


  • There were 3,203 students with a known disability

  • This accounted for 10.24%, 7.55%, and 10.10% of our undergraduate, postgraduate taught, and postgraduate research student populations.

  • Learning disabilities (e.g. dyslexia) were the most common form of disability (3.23% or 1,085 students), mental health difficulties were next with 3.16% or 1,062 students.

Race & Ethnicity

  • White students accounted for the largest ethnic sub-group on campus (18,191 or 54.19%), followed by Chinese (3,914 or 11.66%).

  • White students were also the largest undergraduate population (12,968 or 58.94%), followed by Asian/Asian British – Indian (1,374 or 6.24%) and Chinese (938 or 4.26%).

  • Postgraduate taught provision, the three biggest ethnic subgroups were White (3,467 or 39.96%), Chinese (2,745 or 31.64%), and Black/Black British – African (384 or 4.42%).

  • White students represented 60.74% (1,756 students) of our postgraduate research student population, followed by Chinese (231 or 7.99%) and Other Asian background (163 or 5.64%).

Religion & Beliefs

  • Students with no religion consisted of the biggest cohort on campus (50.41%).

  • Christian (24.84%), Muslim (8.81%), Hindhu (2.64%), Sikh (1.96%), Buddhist (1.22%), and Jewish (1.12%).


  • Only 1.05% and 1.28% of undergraduate students had dependents or caring responsibilities to other relatives, friends or neighbours respectively.

  • These figures jumped to 21.64% and 5.35% for postgraduate taught students, and, 20.96% and 2.21% for postgraduate research students.




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