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2000/01 Academic staff and finance data published by HESA

HESA today publishes the Reference Volume: Resources of Higher Education Institutions 2000/01.

The volume contains detailed statistical information about the academic staff and institutional finances of the UK HE sector.


The total number of academic staff in the HE sector grew by 3.1% from 135,745 in 1999/2000 to 139,940 in 2000/01. 37% of academic staff in the HE sector in 2000/01 were women. The number of female academic staff increased from 1999/2000 by 5% in comparison to a 2% increase of men.

Other Key Points

  • A quarter of all full-time staff were employed in medicine, dentistry & health departments.
  • The average age of all academic staff was 42.
  • 78% of researchers were funded other than wholly by the institutions themselves.
  • 69% of all full-time posts were wholly financed by the institutions themselves. This compares exactly with 1998/99 and 1999/2000.
  • During the academic year to 31 July 2001, 90% of full-time, non-clinical wholly institutionally financed staff were working in the same institution as they were one year earlier and a further 4% had been working in another HEI.
  • A loss of 5,870 full-time, non-clinical wholly institutionally financed staff from the HE sector outnumbered the inflow of 5,035 staff. Retirement was the largest single known reason for departures.


This latest reference volume from HESA shows the total income of institutions amounted to £13.5 billion compared to £12.8 billion in the previous year. There has been a deficit of income over expenditure (-£51 million) for the first time since HESA records began. Research grants & contracts income increased by 12% this year from £2.0 billion to £2.2 billion.

Other key points

  • Funding council grants have shown a fourth consecutive increase this year and represent a 39.7% proportion of total income.
  • Tuition fees & education grants & contracts represent 22.6% of total income.
  • 24.5% of the tuition fees & education grants & contracts income is sourced from overseas students.
  • The 6.7% (£855 million) rise in expenditure to £13.5 billion was largely made up of an increase of £525 million in staff costs and £261 million in other operating expenses.
  • Academic departments represent a 41.9% proportion of total expenditure.
  • The clinical medicine cost centre and business & management studies cost centre have the largest share of total expenditure with 9% each.

Notes for editors

  1. The Reference Volume: Resources of Higher Education Institutions 2000/01 provides a statistical reference of academic staff and institutional finance data in the UK for 2000/01.
  2. The Reference Volume is available from the Customer Services Team, HESA Services Ltd., 95 Promenade, Cheltenham, GL50 1HZ; telephone: 01242 211155. An electronic version on CD-Rom is also available. A list of other publications can be obtained from the Customer Services Team.
  3. HESA cannot accept responsibility for any inferences or conclusions derived from the data by third parties
  4. Press enquiries should be directed to Byron Price, Press Officer at HESA, 95 Promenade, Cheltenham, GL50 1HZ; telephone 01242 211136. General enquiries about HESA data can also be addressed to the Data Provision Team at the same address, telephone 01242 211133.


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