UK Higher Education

Data gathered from Universities UK website.

Number of HEIs

In 2014–15 there were 159 higher education providers (excluding further education colleges) in the UK in receipt of public funding via one of the UK funding councils.

Number of Enrolment

In 2014–15 there were 2.27 million students studying at UK higher education institutions.

Graduate Employment

Figures from 2013–14 show that 90% of all graduates were in work or further study within six months of leaving university. 

University Research

The 2014 Research Excellent Framework rated 76% of the research submitted as 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent'.

Universities UK’s annual Higher education in facts and figures is full of useful stats, charts and infographics. This picks a few highlights from the booklet. 

Transnational Education in the UK

  • The five countries where the most UK HE TNE is delivered (Malaysia, Hong Kong, Oman, Singapore and Sri Lanka) have remained constant since 2012-13.  however the next five countries on the list have changed (Egypt, China, Greece, Germany, India), showing that this is an evolving landscape;
  • There are only 15 countries in the world where the UK does not offer any TNE
  • Since 2012-13 there has been an increase in the flexibility of offer in mode of delivery, with more programmes being offered as full-time, part-time or both.

Commissioned with support from the Universities UK International, the British Council and Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, the Universities UK prepared the research report, The scale and scope of UK higher education transnational education, which provides useful information on UK's outgoing Higher Education Transnational Education (TNE).