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Simon Kemp - Press Officer

Welcome to HESA's Press Office

We aim to provide a swift responsive service to enquiries from members of the media regarding statistics on higher education in the UK. Our Press Officer is Simon Kemp.

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New data for the 2017/18 academic year

Higher Education Student Statistics: UK, 2017/18


  • There were 2,343,095 students in higher education (HE) in 2017/18, an increase of 1% from 2016/17.
  • The number of students starting taught masters courses increased by 6% in 2017/18 to 230,950.
  • The number of students on first degree courses (e.g. BA/BSc) increased by 1%, but the number on other undergraduate courses fell by 8%.
  • The number of part-time students fell by 4% to below 500,000. Three-fifths of part-time students were aged 30 or over.
  • The number of first year students from EU countries (excluding the UK) fell by 1%.
  • The number of first year students from non-EU countries rose by 8%, with over two-fifths of these students coming from China.
  • A total of 777,005 HE qualifications were awarded in 2017/18, of which 54% were first degrees.
  • 28% of classified first degrees were awarded first class honours. The proportion of students achieving a first has increased by two percentage points each year for the last five years.

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