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Universities: Student Numbers

Question for Department for Education

UIN 51501, tabled on 1 November 2016

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent estimate she has made of the number of (a) EU and (b) non-EU students in UK universities in each of the next five years; and if she will make a statement.

Answered on

4 November 2016

In autumn 2015, as part of the Spending Review and Autumn Statement, the following estimates were published, based on forecasts by English universities. These forecasts only include English higher education institutions, and do not separate out Home and EU students.

English Higher Education Institutions

Forecasts of student numbers

Academic Year 2015/16 – 2019/20

2015/16

2016/17

2017/18

2018/19

2019/20

Total growth

Home and EU students (FTE)

1,300,000

1,340,000

1,370,000

1,400,000

1,440,000

130,000

Non-EU students (FTE)

260,000

280,000

300,000

310,000

320,000

55,000

Source: English universities’ forecasts, Higher Education Funding Council of England (HEFCE). Figures may not sum due to rounding.

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