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Higher Education: Ethnic Groups

Question for Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

UIN HL715, tabled on 30 June 2014

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many ethnic minority students, broken down by ethnicity, attended universities in (1) 1990, (2) 2000, (3) 2010, and (4) the latest year for which figures are available.

Answered on

8 July 2014

Information on enrolments at UK Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) has been collected and published by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) since the academic year 1993/94. More details about the statistics available are published at the following link:

https://www.hesa.ac.uk/

Statistics on enrolments by students from ethnic minority backgrounds are available in the charged for volume: ‘Students in Higher Education Institutions ‘which can be requested at the following link:

https://www.hesa.ac.uk/publications-and-products?task=show_pub_detail&pubid=1

A summary of the statistics in the volume has been provided in the table. Figures for the Academic Year 1990/91 are not available from HESA.

UK domiciled enrolments (1) by ethnicity

UK Higher Education Institutions

Academic Years 2000/01, 2010/11 and 2012/13

Ethnicity(2)

2000/01

2010/11

2012/13

White

1,334,665

1,646,875

1,507,845

Black or Black British - Caribbean

18,505

31,135

28,165

Black or Black British - African

32,115

82,020

83,365

Other Black background

9,755

6,680

5,885

Asian or Asian British - Indian

51,270

67,410

63,235

Asian or Asian British - Pakistani

26,290

43,915

44,840

Asian or Asian British - Bangladeshi

7,580

15,355

15,865

Chinese

13,490

17,740

16,380

Other Asian background

17,995

30,595

31,075

Other (including mixed)

26,370

76,225

79,575

Total of ethnic minorities

203,365

371,075

368,390

Total of known ethnicity

1,538,035

2,017,950

1,876,235

Unknown

193,540

55,120

38,780

Total

1,731,570

2,073,070

1,915,015

Source: Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) Student Record.

Notes:

Figures are based on The HESA Standard Registration Population.

(1) Enrolment counts include students in all years of study.

(2) HESA's categorisation of ethnicity changed in Academic year 2001/02 and again in Academic year 2003/04. As a result, 2000/01 figures may not be categorised on exactly the same basis as figures for later years.

(3) Numbers have been rounded to the nearest five, so components may not sum to totals.

Answered by

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills