A profile of the UK higher education sector 2000/01
The Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) in conjunction with the Department for Education and Employment (DfEE), today releases the publication Higher Education Statistics for the United Kingdom 1999/2000. The volume provides a quantitative overview of the UK higher education (HE) sector in 1999/2000, drawing together information from various sources concerning students of HE institutions, applicants, staffing, finance, student support and other aspects of HE provision.
Figures for 1999/2000 show that in this academic year there were a total of 2,060,630 enrolments on courses leading to HE qualifications and credits, 204,300 of which were at further education (FE) institutions. There were just under a million full-time students studying first degrees in HE and FE institutions. A total of 460,260 students obtained HE qualifications in 1999/2000. By the end of 2000, 68.2% of leavers within the first destinations survey reported employment as their main activity. The sector had a total income of £12.8 billion and an academic workforce of 135,750.
Other key points
- There were 714,580 students taking courses of professional and personal development (not leading to HE qualifications or credits) in UK HE institutions.
- A total of 224,660 HE students were domiciled in the EU or other overseas countries, representing 12.1% of all HE students.
- There were 442,030 UCAS applicants for 2000 entry, of which 76.9% (339,750) were accepted.
- 30.5% of academic staff were involved solely in research activities.
- Of the 351,970 first degree entrants in 1999/2000, 30.5% were known to be aged 21 and over.
- 57.0% of 20 year olds were enrolled in higher education in Greece compared with 10.0% in Denmark.
Notes for editors
- All numbers of staff and students quoted above have been rounded to the nearest 10. Percentages have been calculated on precise numbers however.
- The Volume Higher Education Statistics for the United Kingdom 1999/2000 provides a statistical overview of Higher Education in the UK for 1999/2000.
- The Volume is available, price £32, from the Customer Services Team, HESA Services Ltd., 95 Promenade, Cheltenham, GL50 1HZ; telephone: 01242 255577. An electronic version on disk is available, price £35 + VAT. A list of other publications is also available from the Customer Services Team.
- HESA cannot accept responsibility for any inferences or conclusions derived from the data by third parties.
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