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Higher education research in facts and figures

An overview of the quality of research, impact, collaboration, students, staff and finance at UK universities.​

Higher education research in facts and figuresHighlights include:

                        • 76% of research at higher education institutions was considered as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ for its overall quality in 2014
                        • UK higher education institutions received £4.2 billion from knowledge exchange activities in 2015−16
                        • More than half of UK research is produced through international collaborations
                        • UK government spending on  research and development is  below the OECD average as a proportion of GDP
                        • 43% of postgraduate research students and 29% of academic staff were from overseas
                        • Research performed by UK universities in 2014−15 equates to an increase of £28.9 billion in gross value added


News

International staff vital for UK’s future STEM success

18 December 2018
University staff from overseas account for a growing and sizeable proportion of tutors, researchers and technicians in engineering and technology as well as biological, mathematical and physical sciences, a new report finds today.

Universities taking steps to tackle grade inflation

28 November 2018
UK universities and other higher education providers are planning a range of changes to the degree classification system to tackle perceptions of grade inflation and ensure public confidence in the results students receive and the value of a degree.

Blog

You say stability, I say stagnation

11 January 2018
UUK's Eleanor Jubb looks at the latest data on the number of international students choosing to study in the UK.

Higher education in facts and figures 2017

Latest facts, figures and trends in higher education

26 October 2017
UUK's Daniel Wake looks at some of the latest trends from this year's higher education in facts and figures publication.