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£15.5 billion income for the HE sector
The higher education sector had a total income of just over £15.5 billion in the 2002/03 academic year. This compares to almost £14.5 billion in 2001/02 and £13.5 billion in 2000/01. Today's figures are released as part of the first analysis of 2002/03 finance data by the Higher Education Statistics Agency.
Higher education institutions (HEIs) reported an expenditure of just under £15.4 billion in 2002/03. In 2001/02 expenditure was £14.4 billion and £13.5 billion in 2000/01.
Enrolment rises by 4.3%
The Higher Education Statistics Agency released its first analysis of student data from the 2002/03 academic year today. The data shows that there were 2,175,115 enrolments on higher education courses at UK HE institutions compared to 2,086,075 in 2001/02. This equates to a rise of 4.3%. In 2002/03 there were 977,010 first year students compared with 938,350 in 2001/02.
Qualifications obtained by and examination results of higher education students at higher education institutions in the United Kingdom for the academic year 2002/03
This Statistical First Release (SFR) has been produced by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) in collaboration with Department for Education and Skills (DfES) statisticians. It provides provisional details of qualifications obtained by and examination results of higher education (HE) students at HE institutions (HEIs) in the United Kingdom (UK) for the academic year 2002/03.
New Chairman takes office at HESA
Professor David Melville CBE, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Kent, officially takes over the role of Chairman of the board of the Higher Education Statistics Agency today. Professor Melville was previously Chief Executive of the former Further Education Funding Council (FEFC) and was a member of the Research Advisory Group for the Higher Education Funding Council for England.
Statisticians swap numbers for cheese
Staff at the Higher Education Statistics Agency in Cheltenham raised £120 yesterday for the charity Guide Dogs for the Blind by taking part in their national campaign of Cheese and Wine Evenings. The number crunchers took bottles of various wines and cheeses to work (all in the name of charity obviously) and raised money through donations and a raffle. The top prize was wine, of course, generously donated by Goffs Restaurant and Bar.
Growth in number of teacher training students
The number of initial teacher training students has continued to grow this year with a total 31,885 first year students compared to 30,765 in 2000/01. The latest statistics released by the Higher Education Statistics Agency also show a widening gap in the routes that students take in becoming qualified teachers. The number of students taking a postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) has risen from 20,740 to 22,095. However a fall is shown in those choosing a BEd or other first degree ITT qualification from 10,025 last year to 9,790 this year.
Unemployment up for new graduates, but increased numbers go on to further study or training
The number of graduates entering employment has fallen this year according to data published today by the Higher Education Statistics Agency in its publication ‘First Destinations of Students Leaving Higher Education Institutions 2001/02’. The official figures show that employment has fallen from 68% to 67% and that unemployment has risen from 5% to 6%. The unemployment figures mark the first rise since HESA records began in 1994/95. The unemployment rate had been at 5% since 1997/98. The highest rate of unemployment was amongst graduates who qualified with first degrees (BA, BSc, etc) and who were living in the UK before they started their studies.
First destinations of higher education students in the United Kingdom for the academic year 2001/02
This Statistical First Release (SFR) has been produced by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), in collaboration with Department for Education and Skills (DfES) statisticians. It provides details of the first destinations of students obtaining higher education (HE) qualifications in higher education institutions (HEIs) in the United Kingdom (UK), during the academic year 2001/02.
Female staff numbers continue to grow
The number of female academic staff in UK higher education institutions has increased again this year by 5% compared to just a 1% increase in the number of men according to statistics released today by the Higher Education Statistics Agency. Women make up only 38% of all academic staff, although looking at those just employed on a part-time basis shows they account for 55% of the workforce says the report Resources of Higher Education Institutions 2001/02 published by HESA.
Surplus returns to higher education
The higher education sector recorded a surplus this year of £64,338,000 after recording a deficit last year for the first time since HESA records began. Latest data shows that income for UK higher education institutions has increased again this year to £14,490,875,000 from £13,498,558,000 in 2000/01. Of this £5,692,090,000 has been sourced from funding council grants compared to £5,341,317,000 last year.