Equal Opportunities

Categories we use for collecting monitoring data

To see the categories we use in collecting equal opportunities monitoring data you can download a Sample Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form pdf or Sample Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form in Word (both for information only). If you have any comments on the suitability of these categories please feel free to contact us (see the Contact Us page for our details).

To monitor the socio-economic background of applicants we ask you for your home UK postcode when you were age 17. We compare this with the POLAR data produced by the Office for Students about the participation of young people in higher education. Please see the Office for Students website if you need more information about POLAR.

How we use the information you give

We use the information you give to produce national data for all applicants and successful applicants, and for all applications and short-listed applications. We also produce data for each course centre for their applicants, their short-listed applicants and their successful applicants. We send each course centre their set of data and the national set of data after selection is complete. All this data is anonymised so no applicant is identified.

Making the anonymised data public (Purpose 1)

We make the national data public on our website for all applicants and successful applicants. Making this data public reflects the wish of the clinical psychology training community to be open about the data and to make it available to applicants and to others who may find it useful eg for research.

We will only include your data if you authorise this. Again, this data is anonymised so no applicant is identified, and we also group together some categories with small numbers to maintain anonymity.

The data for previous years is listed below:

We have also obtained data from HESA (Higher Education Statistics Agency) for graduates from undergraduate psychology degrees from 2010 to 2015. This is broken down by disability, ethnicity, gender and age and may be useful for comparison with the data above for clinical psychology applicants. Please see the HESA website if you need more information about how they collect their data.

Course centres using the information you give for research only (Purpose 2)

Course centres are keen to ensure that their selection process does not involve any form of discrimination and that the successful group of applicants is representative of the general population. However, certain groups are currently under-represented in the profession and it is not clear why.

The anonymised data mentioned above allows course centres to check if there is any discrepancy between the backgrounds of people applying and those they take into training. However, this is of limited use if they wish to check that their selection procedures are free from discrimination. Once selection is complete it is helpful for course centres to have the opportunity to do some research or an audit, re-checking their procedures using batches of applications where the equal opportunities information is known to those working on the project but not to the people assessing the applications.

We are therefore asking you to allow us to release the information you give about yourself to the course centres you have applied to, if they are running such a project. The data may be used in the year of entry, or in future years, to allow course centres to conduct projects across more than one cohort.

You may be worried that if you are unsuccessful and re-apply, course centres will have information about you that they could use. Any research or audit will be subject to the usual approval process of the appropriate University and will be separate from selection, not only ensuring that selectors and those working on the project are different people but also removing identifying information from the data.

If you decide to withhold your information your application will not be affected, after all it is your right not to have your data passed to a third party. However, we hope you will release this information, which will help course centres identify anything they are doing which reduces equitable access to the profession.

Course centres having full access to the information you give (Purpose 3)

You are asked for your consent for the course centres you have applied to to have full access to the information you give in the Equal Opportunities section of your application. The information would not be anonymous and, if you give your consent, the course centres would have access to it during their selection process and afterwards. The data would be available to the course centres during this application cycle and in future years.

We expect that all course centres will adhere to the requirements of both the Equality Act and Data Protection law in any use they make of the data. Please see the Courses section for information provided by individual course centres about how they may expect to use the data provided by those applicants who give consent.