How local communities influence the demand for Higher Education

11 September 2014

It is well known that there are vast differences in the proportion of young people applying for university places from different locations. This ranges from 24% to 79% between local authority areas – the differences are even starker for smaller areas. What is not well understood is which social, economic or academic features of local communities might influence this demand. Statistical analysis of data from local authorities for 2009 sheds light on this question and opens up new avenues for future research.