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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

Universities UK welcomes report detailing impact of international graduates

21 March 2019
Universities UK has responded to a joint report by the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) and Kaplan International Pathways (Kaplan) which explains the contribution from international students who graduate from university and stay in the UK to work.

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.

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.