What’s behind the increasing appetite for postgraduate research study?
The latest HEFCE research looks at who goes on to postgraduate courses and when they do it. We find that the last recession had an impact on when students start postgraduate courses, but that disadvantaged students are least likely to go on, even allowing for a break in study.
Part-time student numbers fell by 6 per cent in 2014-15, continuing the trend that has seen them nearly halve over the past six years, even as undergraduate numbers have risen.
From Ghana to Guam and Ecuador to Estonia, the latest Higher Education Statistics Agency data shows the diverse international makeup of the academic workforce in England’s universities.
As English universities have recruited more international students, the numbers dropping out have fallen.
The latest data reveals little overall effect on undergraduate students dropping out, but there are early signs of emerging trends, particularly among mature students.
Thursday 1 December 1994 was a significant milestone in the world of HE data. At the stroke of midnight an employee of the West London Institute of HE sent the first ever student return to the HESA servers in Cheltenham. For the first time the sector had a UK-wide, post binary-divide data and information system.
Recently we have seen more interest in the relationships universities and colleges have with schools. To help inform these relationships we have cut our existing data on young participation by secondary school area. The result reveals some interesting mapping.
Recent public debate has made much of where things happen. Stopping short of a longer list, the national distribution of power, population, GDP, house prices, levels of health, have all come under scrutiny. But what about higher education? What does the geography of ‘HE provision’ reveal?