HESA provides data on mobile students' socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds as well as gender.
In terms of ethnicity, the majority of UK domiciled students who went abroad in 2013/14 identified as White (82%) and 17% were defined as coming from Black, Minority and Ethnic backgrounds.
Distribution of mobilities in 2014/15 by ethnic background
Students' socioeconomic background, defined by characteristics of parental employment (as defined by HESA), show that over 65% of mobile students in 2013/14 came from relatively advantaged backgrounds.
Distribution of mobile students in 2014/15 by Socioeconomic Classification (NS-SEC)
Mobile students as a proportion of students from different socioeconomic backgrounds
Gender breakdown for students studying or working abroad in 2013/14 was 60.2% female and 39.8% male.
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