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  • Second longitudinal survey of graduate destinations

    Press Officer

    Field work begins this month on the Higher Education Statistics Agency's second survey to track the careers of graduates three and a half years after they left higher education. Will the recent credit crunch have affected the job prospects of recent graduates, or even boosted the numbers going into further study?

    The first Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Longitudinal survey was carried out in November 2006 and contacted a sample of leavers who graduated in 2002/03. The same cohort had previously been surveyed 6 months after graduation.

  • Higher Education Statistics for the UK 2006/07 reveals widening gender gap in teaching qualifications

    Press Officer

    The newly released Higher Education Statistics for the United Kingdom 2006/07 publication from the Higher Education Statistics Agency provides an official overview of the UK's higher education sector. The publication contains data from HESA, along with information from a wide range of other bodies such as the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the Student Loans Company and UCAS. It has been released according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.

    Key findings from the volume include a widening gender gap in students gaining teaching qualifications from Higher Education Institutions. Between 2005/06 and 2006/07 the number of female students gaining teaching qualifications at UK Higher Education Institutions rose by 2.0% from 23,865 to 24,335, while the number of male qualifiers fell from 8,065 to 7,610, a fall of 5.7%.

  • HESA release heidi 2.0

    Press Officer

    The Higher Education Statistics Agency today announced the release of a major update to its web-based information system heidi 2.0. heidi (the higher education database for institutions) makes a wealth of management information available to managers, planners, administrators and academics at HE institutions in the UK.

    HESA, the not-for-profit sector-owned agency with responsibility for collecting and disseminating HE statistics, developed heidi in collaboration with the University of Leeds and the British Universities Finance Directors Group (BUFDG). The initial project received financial backing from HEFCE's Leadership, Governance and Management fund to the tune of £322k, the largest grant ever made from the fund. heidi now contains data from sources including HESA, UCAS, the Training and Development Agency for Schools, the National Student Survey and Estates Management Statistics.

  • HESA Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Institutions reveals: Reduction in rate of unemployment for recent graduates

    Press Officer

    Data from the newly released HESA Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Institutions 2006/07 publication shows that unemployment among recent first degree graduates continues to fall.

    The publication, produced from the fifth annual Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) Survey, reveals that 5.6% of first degree graduates were "assumed to be unemployed*" six months after gaining their qualification in the 2006/07 academic year. This compares with a figure of 6.1% for those who qualified in 2005/06.

  • 2006/07 Performance Indicators - Employment of graduates

    Press Officer

    Following the recommendations of the National Committee of Inquiry into Higher Education, the Government asked the four UK higher education funding bodies (HEFCE, HEFCW, SFC and DELNI) to develop suitable indicators and benchmarks of performance in the higher education sector. The Performance Indicators Steering Group (PISG) was established, with membership drawn from government departments, the funding councils and representative bodies. PISG defines the specification and develops the Performance Indicators. They are calculated and published on their behalf by the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

  • Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education in the United Kingdom for the academic year 2006/07

    This Statistical First Release (SFR) has been produced by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), in collaboration with statisticians from the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS), the Welsh Assembly Government (WAG), the Scottish Government (SG) and the Department for Employment and Learning Northern Ireland (DEL(NI)). It provides details of the destinations of leavers from higher education (HE) who obtained qualifications in higher education institutions (HEIs) in the United Kingdom (UK), during the academic year 2006/07. The data presented draws on the 2006/07 Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) record.

  • 2006/07 Performance Indicators released

    Press Officer

    Following the recommendations of the National Committee of Inquiry into Higher Education, the Government asked the four UK higher education funding bodies (HEFCE, HEFCW, SFC and DELNI) to develop suitable indicators and benchmarks of performance in the higher education sector. The Performance Indicators Steering Group (PISG) was established, with membership drawn from government departments, the funding councils and representative bodies. PISG defines the specification and develops the Performance Indicators. They are calculated and published on their behalf by the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

  • HESA Resources of Higher Education Institutions reveals: 5000 more academic staff in UK higher education sector

    Press Officer

    Data from the newly released HESA Resources of Higher Education Institutions 2006/07 publication shows that the number of academic staff employed at UK Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) increased by 5120 (3.1%) between the 2005/06 and 2006/07 academic years.

    The number of non-academic staff also increased by 3630 (1.9%) over the same period. The total number of staff employed at UK HEIs rose by 8750 (2.5%).

  • Release of 2006/07 HESA Finance data reveals income of UK higher education sector tops £20 billion

    Press Officer

    Data from the newly released HESA HE Finance Plus 2006/07 publication shows that the total income of UK higher education institutions exceeded £21.2 billion for the first time. Income for the sector rose 9.0% from the 2005/06 total of £19.5 billion. Total expenditure in the sector saw a similar level of increase, rising 8.8% from £19.4 billion to £21.0 billion.

    Funding council grants remained the largest single source of income, exceeding £8.0 billion for the first time. Among other sources of income, tuition fees & education grants & contracts saw the largest percentage increase, rising 16.0% from £4.7 billion in 2005/06 to £5.4 billion in 2006/07. Most of this increase is due to the introduction of new fee arrangements in 2006/07. Over a quarter (25.4%) of the HE sector’s income now comes from tuition fees & education grants & contracts.

  • HESA Students in Higher Education Institutions 2006/07 reveals increase in number of East European students studying in the UK

    Press Officer

    Data from the newly released HESA Students in Higher Education Institutions 2006/07 publication shows that the number of university students from the new EU member states continues to rise.

    The number of HE students domiciled from Poland increased by 56% from 4,325 in 2005/06 to 6,770 in 2006/07, overtaking Spain and Italy for numbers of students studying in the UK. The number of students domiciled from Lithuania and Latvia also increased dramatically - by 53% and 64% respectively.

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