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UCAS deadline for HECoS coding 8 May

The first deadline for the Higher Education Classification of Subjects (HECoS) is approaching. All courses in the UCAS system offered for autumn 2019 entry need to be submitted to UCAS using the new framework by 8 May.

Don't believe everything you read in the papers: Geography probably won't leave you unemployed

An article circulated in several local newspapers on Monday 16 May 2016 claimed to show the "top 20 least employable degrees". The article claims that HESA is the source of this list and has since been copied and shared widely. Here's the truth...

International day of happiness: Career satisfaction

3.5 years after graduation in the winter of 2012/13, the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) Longitudinal survey contacted a cohort of students who completed a higher education course at a UK HE provider in 2008/09. One of the questions in the survey asked leavers 'how satisfied or dissatisfied are you with your career to date?' Here is what the respondents had to say...

Demand grows for Biology, Business and Maths degrees

Data published today show that 521,990 students started first degree courses at UK HE providers in 2013/14. This is 5% higher than in 2012/13, but still 5% lower than in 2011/12 - the last year before the £9,000 fee cap was introduced. 15% of students starting degrees in 2013/14 were in the Business and administrative studies subject area.

Sandwich day: Students on sandwich courses

10% of full-time first degree students studied on sandwich courses in 2012/13. However sandwich courses were less popular with female students. 7% of female students studied on sandwich courses compared with 12% of male students.

Mole day: Students starting Chemistry courses in 2012/13

In 2012/13 7,275 students started HE level chemistry courses at UK HE providers. 42% of those students were female and 20% were from outside the UK.

What is a Course?

Course is one of the most widely used words in Higher Education - by students, higher education providers, policy-makers and funders - and as the funding and structures of Higher Education change, there is an increasing demand for information at the level of individual courses.

Higher Education Statistics for the UK 2007/08 reveals Science and Medicine studies see five year growth

The newly released Higher Education Statistics for the United Kingdom 2007/08 publication from the Higher Education Statistics Agency provides the official overview of the UK's higher education sector. The publication contains data from HESA, the Student Loans Company, OECD, UCAS, the Learning and Skills Council and the HE funding bodies. It has been released according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.

The annual publication gives a clear picture of the subject choices of students. Comparing data from the last five years shows that, while the number of students at higher education institutions has increased by nearly five percent, different subject areas have seen varying levels of growth.

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

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.

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.