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Patterns and Trends in UK Higher Education

Universities UK Report has published a new report on Patterns and Trends in UK Higher Education over the last decade. The report was produced by UUK's Longer Term Strategy Committee which is chaired by the University of Roehampton’s Vice-Chancellor Paul O'Prey.

Posted: 20 October 2011

Universities UK Report has published a new report on Patterns and Trends in UK Higher Education over the last decade. The report was produced by UUK's Longer Term Strategy Committee which is chaired by the University of Roehampton’s Vice-Chancellor Paul O'Prey.

Amongst its findings, the report points to the steady growth in UK higher education over the past decade, with UK institutions now educating some 2.5 million students annually, a 28 per cent increase in student numbers from all domiciles.

Another key trend has been the success in attracting international students. Since 2000/01, the number of non-EU students has more than doubled, with an increase of 11.7 per cent in the last year and overall UK higher education institutions now educate over 400,000 students from outside the UK.

Commenting in the Financial Times (October 17 2011), the Vice-Chancellor stated that "the education sector was one of the most important export earners for the UK economy". However he also warned against complacency noting that "the UK’s share of the international student market has reduced over this period, with other countries becoming more competitive in attracting these students" and advised that the recent visa changes may well result in an even greater loss of market share.

Elsewhere, the report notes that female students studying higher education at UK higher education institutions remain in the majority, accounting for 56.6 per cent of all students in 2009/10. Full-time postgraduate numbers have increased by 73.1 per cent compared with an increase of 28.5 per cent for full-time undergraduates over the same period. This is due in part to the rate of increase in non-UK students, who tend to study at postgraduate level.

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