Over the last six years the number of students who are the first generation in their (immediate) family to attend university has grown.
The latest data released by HEFCE tells us that lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) students, and students of faith, exist in enough numbers that we can – for the first time – report reliable statistics at a national level.
Students from outside the European Union make up 60 per cent of entrants to postgraduate full-time taught masters degrees. This proportion has been relatively constant for much of the past decade, but the share of students from China has grown.
Analysis of the data on part-time students shows that recent declines have been biggest for older students studying at lower levels of intensity. This raises questions about the role of higher education in lifelong learning.
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.