20 September 2012

Latest data shows increase in students gaining higher education qualifications

Commenting on the release of data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) for the five year period ending in 2010/11, the university think-tank million+ welcomes the increase in the number of students gaining higher education qualifications and said that the commitment of government to higher education is crucial if the UK is to compete internationally.

Pam Tatlow, Chief Executive of the university think-tank million+ said:

“These figures confirm that the commitment of government to higher education is critical. The UK’s competitors understand very well the link between higher qualifications, economic growth and social cohesion. There can be no return to the days of limiting access to university to a select elite. This would dampen aspiration and ambition but also undermine innovation and growth in the future.”

Ends

Notes to Editors

  1. million+ is a leading university think-tank, working to solve the complex problems in higher education www.millionplus.ac.uk. For more information please contact Jean Candler, Head of Public Affairs on 0207 717 1659 or 07900 277 819.
  2. The HESA statistics confirm that there were 2.5 million higher education students studying for an HE qualification or credit in 2010/11. In the five year period form 2006/07- 2010/11 the overall increase was 8.5% with the increase in participation being more apparent since 2007/08. However in the last year there has only been a 0.3% rise since 2009/10, reflecting a cut back in funded student numbers in England.
  3. The total number of HE qualifications obtained at UK Higher Education Institutions rose by 17.1% over the five years 2006/07 to 2010/11. The number of qualifications obtained in science subjects increased by 14.0% over the same period.
  4. The full HESA data can be found here.