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September 2011

HESA reference volume published today

Higher Education Statistics for the UK 2009/10


The HESA publication Higher Education Statistics for the United Kingdom 2009/10 is released today. The National Statistics publication provides the official overview of the UK’s higher education sector in 2009/10. The publication contains data from HESA, the Student Loans Company, OECD, UCAS and the Labour Force Survey.

An introduction including commentary, summary tables and charts is provided for the first time this year. The introduction provides an overview of the key trends in higher education and is available free online here: www.hesa.ac.uk/intros/heukintro0910. Some key trends in the HESA data are highlighted below.

Student trends

Between 2005/06 and 2009/10 the total number of students at UK HE institutions increased by 9.3% from 2.3 million to 2.5 million. The number of postgraduate students increased by 17.5% over the five years. The number of non-UK domicile students increased by 32.2% over the same period.

Students by level of study and domicile
  2005/06 2009/10 % change
All Students 2281240 2493420 9.3%
Undergraduate 1788600 1914715 7.1%
UK domicile 1630300 1713310 5.1%
Non-UK domicile 158300 201405 27.2%
Postgraduate 492640 578705 17.5%
UK domicile 343900 374310 8.8%
Non-UK domicile 148740 204400 37.4%
Source: Higher Education Statistics for the United Kingdom 2005/06 and 2009/10
See Annex below for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland figures

Staff trends

Over the same five years the number of staff employed at UK HE institutions increased by 9.0% from 355 thousand to 387 thousand. There was a 10.1% rise in the number of academic staff while the number of non-academic staff rose 8.0%.

Staff by activity
  2005/06 2009/10 % change
All staff 355415 387430 9.0%
Academic staff 164875 181595 10.1%
Non-academic staff 190535 205835 8.0%
Managerial, professional and technical staff 76405 89195 16.7%
Clerical staff 69485 73630 6.0%
Manual staff 44645 43005 -3.7%
Source: Higher Education Statistics for the United Kingdom 2005/06 and 2009/10
See Annex below for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland figures

Finance trends

The total income of the UK higher education sector was £26.8 billion in 2009/10. The table below shows income and expenditure in cash terms and has not been adjusted for inflation.

Income and expenditure of UK HEIs (£ millions)
  2005/06 2009/10
Total Income 19,528 26,796
Total Expenditure 19,353 25,856
Source: Higher Education Statistics for the United Kingdom 2005/06 and 2009/10
See Annex below for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland figures

Publication

Higher Education Statistics for the UK is a National Statistics product which serves as a quick reference guide to high-level data on all aspects of higher education in the UK. A full introduction including commentary, summary tables and charts, is provided for the first time this year. The introduction provides an overview of the key trends in higher education over the last five years.

Higher Education Statistics for the UK contains 38 main tables including:

  • Student, Staff, Finance and Destinations data from HESA,
  • Applications and admissions data from UCAS,
  • Data from the Student Loans Company on student support provision,
  • Information on participation and graduate rates for 30 countries sourced from the OECD,
  • Data from the Labour Source Survey on qualification rates over time.

Higher Education Statistics for the UK is available as a printed book or an electronic download. Both formats can be ordered online from http://www.hesa.ac.uk/publications/heukstats


Notes for Editors

  1. Press enquiries should be directed to:
  2. In the above data 0, 1, 2 are rounded to 0. All other numbers are rounded up or down to the nearest multiple of 5. Percentages are calculated on un-rounded numbers.

  3. HESA appreciates the collaboration of all the bodies that have made data available for the volume, and in particular that of our colleagues in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), Welsh Assembly Government, Scottish Government and the Department for Employment and Learning (Northern Ireland) with whom we have worked closely in preparing it, in accordance with the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority .

  4. Data for 2005/06 is based on the standard registration population used since 2007/08 which excludes students on sabbatical and students who are writing-up. The data for this year will therefore not perfectly match the data previously published in earlier editions of Higher Education Statistics for the United Kingdom.

  5. Total Income figures include share of joint ventures. 2005/06 finance data is based on restated figures submitted in 2006/07.

  6. The data tables above relate to all UK HE institutions. Figures for the individual nations of the UK are available below [England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland].

  7. HESA cannot accept responsibility for any inferences or conclusions derived from the data by third parties.

  8. Definitions of the terms used in this press release can be found on these pages:
        2009/10 student definitions http://www.hesa.ac.uk/stats/defs/student/0910
        2005/06 student definitions http://www.hesa.ac.uk/stats/defs/student/0506
        2009/10 staff definitions http://www.hesa.ac.uk/stats/defs/staff/0910
        2005/06 staff definitions http://www.hesa.ac.uk/stats/defs/staff/0506
        2009/10 finance definitions http://www.hesa.ac.uk/stats/defs/finance/0910
        2005/06 finance definitions http://www.hesa.ac.uk/stats/defs/finance/0506

Ends

Annex - equivalent tables for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland

England

Students at HEIs in England by level of study and domicile
  2005/06 2009/10 % change
All Students 1894840 2093635 10.5%
Undergraduate 1480215 1608300 8.7%
UK domicile 1348275 1442700 7.0%
Non-UK domicile 131945 165600 25.5%
Postgraduate 414620 485335 17.1%
UK domicile 288765 315975 9.4%
Non-UK domicile 125855 169355 34.6%
 
Staff employed at HEIs in England by activity
  2005/06 2009/10 % change
All staff 292655 319640 9.2%
Academic staff 137785 152520 10.7%
Non-academic staff 154870 167120 7.9%
Managerial, professional and technical staff 62520 72160 15.4%
Clerical staff 57155 61030 6.8%
Manual staff 35195 33925 -3.6%
 
Income and expenditure of HEIs in England (£ millions)
  2005/06 2009/10
Total Income 16,117 22,235
Expenditure 15,998 21,416
Source: Higher Education Statistics for the United Kingdom 2005/06 and 2009/10

Wales

Students at HEIs in Wales by level of study and domicile
  2005/06 2009/10 % change
All Students 125715 127885 1.7%
Undergraduate 103930 99570 -4.2%
UK domicile 95355 87620 -8.1%
Non-UK domicile 8575 11950 39.3%
Postgraduate 21785 28315 30.0%
UK domicile 15590 16235 4.1%
Non-UK domicile 6195 12080 95.0%
 
Staff employed at HEIs in Wales by activity
  2005/06 2009/10 % change
All staff 17705 20140 13.8%
Academic staff 8150 8860 8.7%
Non-academic staff 9555 11285 18.1%
Managerial, professional and technical staff 3740 4880 30.5%
Clerical staff 3445 4135 20.1%
Manual staff 2370 2265 -4.3%
 
Income and expenditure of HEIs in Wales (£ millions)
  2005/06 2009/10
Total Income 926 1,236
Expenditure 910 1,200
Source: Higher Education Statistics for the United Kingdom 2005/06 and 2009/10

Scotland

Students at HEIs in Scotland by level of study and domicile
  2005/06 2009/10 % change
All Students 207840 220910 6.3%
Undergraduate 161805 166985 3.2%
UK domicile 146995 145785 -0.8%
Non-UK domicile 14810 21200 43.2%
Postgraduate 46035 53925 17.1%
UK domicile 31810 34120 7.3%
Non-UK domicile 14225 19805 39.2%
 
Staff employed at HEIs in Scotland by activity
  2005/06 2009/10 % change
All staff 37865 40085 5.9%
Academic staff 16020 16855 5.2%
Non-academic staff 21845 23235 6.3%
Managerial, professional and technical staff 8755 10430 19.1%
Clerical staff 7175 6950 -3.2%
Manual staff 5915 5855 -1.0%
 
Income and expenditure of HEIs in Scotland (£ millions)
  2005/06 2009/10
Total Income 2,079 2,804
Expenditure 2,050 2,742
Source: Higher Education Statistics for the United Kingdom 2005/06 and 2009/10

Northern Ireland

Students at HEIs in Northern Ireland by level of study and domicile
  2005/06 2009/10 % change
All Students 52845 50990 -3.5%
Undergraduate 42645 39855 -6.5%
UK domicile 39675 37200 -6.2%
Non-UK domicile 2970 2655 -10.7%
Postgraduate 10200 11135 9.2%
UK domicile 7735 7975 3.1%
Non-UK domicile 2465 3155 28.1%
 
Staff employed at HEIs in Northern Ireland by activity
  2005/06 2009/10 % change
All staff 7190 7560 5.2%
Academic staff 2925 3360 15.0%
Non-academic staff 4265 4200 -1.6%
Managerial, professional and technical staff 1390 1725 24.1%
Clerical staff 1710 1515 -11.3%
Manual staff 1165 960 -17.9%
 
Income and expenditure of HEIs in Northern Ireland (£ millions)
  2005/06 2009/10
Total Income 406 521
Expenditure 395 499
Source: Higher Education Statistics for the United Kingdom 2005/06 and 2009/10