Statistics on Higher education in European
This Statistical First Release (SFR) has been produced by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) in collaboration with statisticians from the UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), the Welsh Government (WG), the Scottish Government (SG) and the Department for Employment and Learning Northern Ireland (DEL(NI)). It has been released according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority. It provides details of student enrolments and qualifications obtained by higher education (HE) students at HE institutions (HEIs) in the United Kingdom (UK) for the academic year 2011/12. This SFR also includes information from the HESA Aggregate Offshore Record. This record captures students studying wholly outside the UK who are either registered with the reporting institution or who are studying for an award of the reporting institution.
Readers should be aware that data definitions sometimes change over time and this can affect the validity of time series comparisons. Any significant changes have been explained in the Notes to Editors and/or Definitions.
The total number of HE enrolments at UK HEIs stood at 2, 496, 645 in 2011/12, showing no percentage difference from 2010/11. Postgraduate enrolments decreased by 3% between 2010/11 and 2011/12 while undergraduate enrolments increased by 1% between 2010/11 and 2011/12 (see Table 1 and Chart 1).
Over the time series shown in this SFR the overall number enrolled on HE courses has risen consecutively from 2, 306, 105 in 2007/08 to 2, 501, 295 in 2010/11. The total stood at 2, 496, 645 in 2011/12 showing the first decrease in overall numbers. Postgraduate numbers have increased each year from 2007/08 to 2010/11 decreasing for the first time in 2011/12. Undergraduate enrolments have increased each year over this same time frame apart from a slight decrease in 2010/11.
1, 721, 400 of all enrolments were full-time, an increase in numbers of 3% since 2010/11, continuing the trend of increasing full-time numbers over the time series shown. 775, 240 enrolments were part-time showing a decrease of 6% since 2010/11. Part-time numbers peaked in 2009/10 and have decreased since (Ref. Table 1 and Chart 1).