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General staff numbers

Data on the total number of staff employed at UK higher education providers on the 1st of December in each academic year. For more details about academic staff see the section below. 

Statistical First Release 225

Overview of 2014/15 HESA staff data

Table 1 All staff by occupation, mode of employment and sex
Older Statistical First Releases

Staff publication

Table 1 Staff by HE provider
Previous years

Introduction - sector level tables and charts
Table A All staff by activity, contract, mode, gender
Table C Non-academic staff by employment variables and gender
Table F All staff by employment variables and ethnicity
Table G Ethnic minority staff by ethnicity, contract, activity
Table H All staff by employment variables and disability
Table I Disabled staff by disability and activity
Older publications (click on 'Contents' for tables)

Definitions

Chart showing number of academic and non-academic staff since 2005/06
Staff employed in UK HE providers 2004/05 to 2014/15
Academic year Academic Non-academic Total
2014/15 198335 205500 403835
2013/14 194245 201535 395780
2012/13 185585 196935 382515
2011/12 181385 196860 378250
2010/11 181185 200605 381790
2009/10 181595 205835 387430
2008/09 179040 203720 382760
2007/08 174945 197510 372455
2006/07 169995 194165 364160
2005/06 164875 190535 355415
2004/05 160655 185650 346305
All staff by activity group and mode of employment 2014/15
Activity Full-time Part-time Total
Academic staff 132865 65470 198335
Managerial, professional & technical staff (non-academic) 75195 20680 95870
Clerical staff 43745 23855 67595
Manual staff 20445 21585 42030
Total 272250 131585 403835

Academic staff

Academic staff are defined as professionals responsible for planning, directing and undertaking academic teaching and research within HE providers.

Statistical First Release 225

Overview of 2014/15 staff data including:

Table 2 Summary of academic staff
Older Statistical First Releases

Staff publication

Table 1 Staff by HE provider
Previous years

Introduction - sector level tables and charts
Table B Employment variables and gender
Table D Headcount inflow and outflow
Table E Age and salary (full-time only)
Table J Clinical, professorial, gender, source of salary (full-time)
Table K Cost centre group, source salary, gender (full-time)
Table L Academic employment function, gender, mode, terms
Older publications (click on 'Contents' for tables)

Press release 228 - Characteristics of Academic Staff in 2014/15

Definitions

Academic staff by contract level and sex 2014/15
Contract level Female Male Total
Senior Academic 1995 (34%) 3940 5935
Professor 4535 (23%) 15065 19600
Other contract levels 82700 (48%) 90105 172800
Total 89225 (45%) 109110 198335
Academic staff by academic employment function 2014/15
Function Full-time Part-time Total
Teaching only 12730 39240 51970
Teaching and research 79005 17550 96550
Research only 40040 8195 48230
Neither teaching or research 1090 490 1580
Total 132865 65470 198335
Academic staff by terms of employment 2014/15
Terms Full-time Part-time Total
Open-ended/permanent 98005 30295 128300
Fixed-term contract 34860 35175 70035
Total 132865 65470 198335

Research Excellence Framework

The REF is conducted by HEFCE. HESA published some contextual data in December 2014.

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Publications

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Staff in Higher Education 2014/15 - comprehensive coverage of the HESA Staff Record. Demographic and contract characteristics of academic and non-academic staff in UK HE.

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Read the introduction online - includes 12 free Excel tables to download and 11 charts summarising all aspects of the HESA Staff Record.

Staff
in Higher
Education
Staff in Higher Education Institutions

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Higher Education Statistics for the UK 2013/14 - summary of HE data from HESA, UCAS, SLC, OECD, Labour Force Survey and more.

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Higher Education
Statistics
for the UK
Higher Education Statistics for the UK

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External sources

Related statistics published by other organisations. These links are to external websites for which HESA is not responsible.

UCEA - Universities and Colleges Employers Association
HE Workforce Survey 2013

UCU - University and College Union
HE publications and reports

Frequently asked staff statistics questions

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Q. How many staff are there in [academic department]?

A. The HESA staff record collects the 'Cost Centre' allocated to each staff member. This is an accounting practice that can be used as a proxy for academic departments.

Academic staff by cost centre 2014/15
Cost centre Female Male Total
Clinical medicine 12480 11090 23565
Clinical dentistry 665 840 1505
Nursing & allied health professions 7170 2380 9545
Psychology & behavioural sciences 3815 2515 6335
Health & community studies 2005 1050 3055
Anatomy & physiology 785 825 1610
Pharmacy & pharmacology 1060 1110 2170
Sports science & leisure studies 985 1655 2640
Veterinary science 760 600 1360
Agriculture, forestry & food science 485 550 1035
Earth, marine & environmental sciences 1295 2460 3750
Biosciences 6095 7645 13740
Chemistry 1125 3035 4160
Physics 950 4120 5070
General engineering 775 2950 3720
Chemical engineering 280 770 1045
Mineral, metallurgy & materials engineering 315 890 1205
Civil engineering 425 1515 1940
Electrical, electronic & computer engineering 620 3710 4330
Mechanical, aero & production engineering 755 4000 4750
IT, systems sciences & computer software engineering 1480 5180 6655
Mathematics 1045 3500 4545
Architecture, built environment & planning 1285 2635 3920
Geography & environmental studies 940 1435 2375
Area studies 180 195 375
Archaeology 315 415 725
Anthropology & development studies 475 480 955
Politics & international studies 1075 1935 3010
Economics & econometrics 825 2050 2880
Law 2680 2655 5335
Social work & social policy 1905 1070 2975
Sociology 1535 1325 2860
Business & management studies 6025 8340 14365
Catering & hospitality management 385 360 745
Education 6280 3230 9505
Continuing education 710 435 1145
Modern languages 3760 2020 5780
English language & literature 2670 2145 4815
History 1375 2100 3475
Classics 300 340 645
Philosophy 280 790 1065
Theology & religious studies 260 510 770
Art & design 4205 4305 8510
Music, dance, drama & performing arts 3070 4145 7220
Media studies 1745 2500 4245
Total academic services 605 465 1070
Central administration & services 700 730 1430
Staff & student facilities 255 100 355
Premises 5 20 25
Residences & catering 15 5 20
Total 89225 109110 198335

Definitions

Q. What proportion of professors are female?

A. In 2014/15, 23.1% of professors were female. See Academic staff above.

Q. What proportion of researchers had their work submitted to the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014?

A. See Contextual data for REF2014.

Q. How many staff are from ethnic minorities?

A. For detailed stats on the age, disability, ethnicity and gender of the HE workforce see Equality in higher education: statistical report 2015 from the Equality Challenge Unit (data from HESA).

Staff by Ethnicity 2014/15
Ethnicity Academic Non-academic Total
White 156440 173950 330395
Black 3020 5575 8595
Asian 15760 10420 26180
Other (including mixed) 6555 4300 10855
Unknown 16560 11245 27805
Total 198335 205500 403835

Q. How many HE staff are employed in my region?

Staff by region of HE provider 2014/15
Region Academic Non-academic Total
England 165180 167645 332825
North East 7370 9850 17225
North West 19085 19105 38190
Yorkshire and The Humber 14765 18400 33165
East Midlands 12360 14680 27045
West Midlands 14230 16305 30540
East of England 12565 12975 25540
London 41080 32365 73445
South East 31885 30120 62005
South West 11840 13840 25680
Wales 10410 10820 21230
Scotland 19250 23650 42900
Northern Ireland 3495 3385 6880
Total 198335 205500 403835

Q. How many HE staff are of non-UK nationality?

Staff by geographic region of nationality 2014/15
Region Academic Non-academic Total
UK 139195 183330 322525
Other EU 31635 11380 43015
Non-EU 23360 7760 31120
Other Europe 2255 450 2705
Africa 2030 1525 3555
Asia 9040 2800 11845
Australasia 1815 635 2445
Middle East 1525 210 1735
North America 5850 1860 7710
South America 850 280 1130
Not known 4145 3030 7175
Total 198335 205500 403835

 

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