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Higher education in facts and figures 2015

Statistics related to students at UK higher education institutions, and the income and expenditure of these institutions. It gives a snapshot of universities’ research activity, student employability, and provides information on international students and staff.

​Highlight​s from higher education in facts and figures 2015 

  • 18-year-olds from the areas with lowest participation in higher education in England are 61% more likely to start university now, than in 2006.
  • In the first quarter of 2015, the median salary for graduates was 41% higher than for non‑graduates amongst those aged 16–64.
  • 27% of all academic staff employed at UK universities are from outside the UK.
  • 17% of research and development funding received by UK universities comes from overseas sources, the majority (68%) from within the EU.
  • Over three quarters of research activity at UK universities was rated as world‑leading or internationally excellent.

The majority of information refers to the academic year 2013–14, with trend data included for some areas.

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