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Higher Education: Student Numbers

Question for Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

UIN 23817, tabled on 25 January 2016

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many students from England who have studied for higher education qualifications at (a) higher education institutions and (b) further education institutions in (i) Northern Ireland, (ii) Scotland and (iii) Wales in each of the last five years.

Answered on

16 February 2016

The Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) collects and publishes statistics on students enrolled at UK Higher Education Institutions (HEI) in the annual Statistical First Release (SFR) “Enrolments and Qualifications in Higher Education”, which is available at the following link: https://hesa.ac.uk/sfr224.

The number of English-domiciled students studying at Welsh, Scottish, and Northern Irish HEIs is presented in the following table:

English-Domiciled Enrolments by Country of Institution

UK Higher Education Institutions

Academic Years 2010/11 to 2014/15

2010/11

2011/12

2012/13

2013/14

2014/15

Welsh HEIs

35,210

37,705

36,985

37,420

36,790

Scottish HEIs

24,010

23,805

23,480

22,535

23,510

Northern Irish HEIs

1,135

1,535

1,710

1,875

2,540

Source: HESA Student Record

Note: figures have been rounded to the nearest multiple of 5

The step increase in the number of English enrolments at Northern Irish HEIs in 2014/15 is a result of the University of Ulster running business programmes at its London and Birmingham campuses.

Information on students enrolled at Further Education Institutions in different UK countries is not collected by HESA and is available from the respective administrations.

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Department for Business, Innovation and Skills