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Higher Education: Students

Department for Education written question – answered on 2nd June 2020.

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Photo of Neil O'Brien Neil O'Brien Conservative, Harborough

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many (a) students, (b) undergraduates and (c) postgraduates there were studying at each higher education institution in each year since 2009; and how many of those students in each of those categories were from (i) the UK, (ii) the EU (iii) non-UK, non-EU countries, (iv) China, (v) Macau and (vi) Hong Kong in each of those years.

Photo of Michelle Donelan Michelle Donelan Minister of State (Education)

The Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) collects and publishes data on students enrolled in higher education.

Counts of student enrolments at each UK higher education institution (HEI) are available by level of study and region of domicile (UK, EU, non-EU) for the academic years 2014/15 to 2018/19 in Table 1 of HESA’s Higher Education Student Data pages:

In addition, data is available by level of study and individual countries of domicile for the academic years 2014/15 to 2018/19 in Table 28 of HESA’s Student Data pages:

Student enrolment data prior to 2014/15 can be accessed through HESA’s publications archive at The drop-down “Students in Higher Education” shows the list of historic publications going back to the academic year 1994/95. Equivalent information exists for Table 1 of each publication year.

Student enrolment data prior to 2014/15 by individual countries of domicile is not readily available and could only be provided at disproportionate cost.

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