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Staff publication

Staff in UK Higher Education

HESA publication 'Staff in Higher Education Institutions 2012/13' released today


Staff in Higher Education Institutions 2012/13 shows that there were 185,585 academic staff employed at UK Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) on 1 December 2012. 55.5% of academic staff were male. 30.9% were aged 51 years or over and 66.0% were employed full-time.

The graphic below shows the numbers of academic staff by sex and age group:

Academic staff by gender, terms and mode of employment 2011/12

The proportion of female staff falls with age. Of academic staff aged 30 and under, 48.4% were female, while of those aged 61 and over, only 30.2% were female. Female staff were more likely than male staff to be working part-time in every age group.

The table below shows the data behind the graphic:

Academic staff at UK Higher Education Institutions by sex, age group and mode of employment 2012/13
  Female Male
Age group Full-time Part-time Full-time Part-time Total
30 and under 7150 4520 8050 4405 24120
31-40 years 15750 9115 22190 5475 52525
41-50 years 13490 9990 21980 6100 51560
51-60 years 10280 7465 17320 6075 41145
61 and over 1485 3420 4805 6515 16230
Total 48155 34515 74345 28575 185585
Source: HESA Staff Record 2012/13
See Annex below for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland figures

Publication

Staff in Higher Education Institutions 2012/13 is a downloadable publication which includes comprehensive data on HE staff broken down by demographic and contract characteristics. Staff in Higher Education Institutions 2012/13 is available to purchase now from http://www.hesa.ac.uk/pubs.

The introduction to the publication is published online and includes further graphs and data tables.

The next scheduled release from HESA will be the publication of finance statistics on 6 March. A full schedule of HESA releases for 2014 can be found here: www.hesa.ac.uk/pubs_schedule.

Notes for Editors

  1. Press enquiries should be directed to:

    Simon Kemp
    HESA Press Officer
    01242 211120
    pressoffice@hesa.ac.uk
    95 Promenade, Cheltenham, GL50 1HZ.

  2. In the above data and annex tables 0, 1, 2 are rounded to 0. All other numbers are rounded up or down to the nearest multiple of 5.
  3. Atypical academic staff are not included in the graphic or data tables.
  4. Staff of unknown age are included in the total figures of each table but not shown separately. These staff are excluded from the graphic.
  5. HESA staff data is collected from all publicly funded Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in the UK, plus the University of Buckingham, which is a non-publicly-funded institution. The 2012/13 data covers 162 HEIs (130 in England, 10 in Wales, 18 in Scotland and 4 in Northern Ireland).
  6. HESA cannot accept responsibility for any inferences or conclusions derived from the data by third parties.
  7. Equivalent tables for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland can be found in the Annex below.
  8. Definitions of the terms used in this press release can be found on-line here: http://www.hesa.ac.uk/intros/staffdefs1213

Annex - equivalent tables for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland

England

Academic staff at HE Institutions in England by sex, age group and mode of employment 2012/13
  Female Male
Age group Full-time Part-time Full-time Part-time Total
30 and under 6025 3935 6720 3935 20620
31-40 years 12970 7800 18265 4850 43885
41-50 years 11030 8490 17900 5300 42720
51-60 years 8500 6495 13895 5315 34200
61 and over 1300 3055 3965 5740 14060
Total 39820 29770 60745 25150 155485
Source: HESA Staff Record 2012/13

Wales

Academic staff at HE Institutions in Wales by sex, age group and mode of employment 2012/13
  Female Male
Age group Full-time Part-time Full-time Part-time Total
30 and under 275 270 330 240 1115
31-40 years 690 525 965 280 2455
41-50 years 690 585 1180 370 2825
51-60 years 525 475 935 390 2325
61 and over 55 180 235 375 845
Total 2235 2030 3650 1650 9565
Source: HESA Staff Record 2012/13

Scotland

Academic staff at HE Institutions in Scotland by sex, age group and mode of employment 2012/13
  Female Male
Age group Full-time Part-time Full-time Part-time Total
30 and under 720 280 865 195 2060
31-40 years 1720 685 2530 295 5230
41-50 years 1455 785 2410 345 4990
51-60 years 1050 420 2060 325 3855
61 and over 105 170 475 340 1090
Total 5055 2335 8335 1505 17225
Source: HESA Staff Record 2012/13

Northern Ireland

Academic staff at HE Institutions in Northern Ireland by sex, age group and mode of employment 2012/13
  Female Male
Age group Full-time Part-time Full-time Part-time Total
30 and under 125 35 135 35 330
31-40 years 370 110 430 50 955
41-50 years 315 135 490 80 1025
51-60 years 210 80 430 45 765
61 and over 25 20 130 60 235
Total 1050 375 1615 270 3305
Source: HESA Staff Record 2012/13