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Higher education in facts and figures 2017

An overview of universities’ research activity, student employability, and information on international students and staff.​

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​Highlights include:​​​​​

                        • ​​​​​14% of undergraduates, 38% of postgraduates and 29% of academic staff are from outside of the UK
                        • University applications from 18-year-olds in areas of England with lower higher education participation rates have increased ​to record levels
                        • ​Employment rates and median salaries continue to be higher for graduates than for non-graduates
                        • In 2017, overall student satisfaction at UK higher education institutions was 84%
                        • Just under a quarter of total university income is from direct UK government sources
                        • 16% of research income came from​​ sources outside of the UK

News

​Time is running out to save Erasmus+: Losing study abroad scheme would blow a hole in UK economic prospects

9 March 2020
More than 17,000 UK university students are hoping that the UK Government can negotiate continued involvement in Erasmus+ in its trade discussions with the European Union so they can develop important and necessary skills overseas next year.

Universities UK welcomes UCAS figures on disadvantaged students

28 November 2019
Universities UK (UUK) today welcomes figures showing that disadvantaged students are 61% more likely to enter university now than they were ten years’ ago.

Blog

A-level results day and Clearing 2019: reasons to be cheerful

12 August 2019
As A-level results day approaches, UUK’s Daniel Wake looks at recent trends in university admissions, and provides some final information to applicants, who for the first time can choose to put themselves into ‘Clearing’.