Higher Education Statistics for the UK 2012/13 released

THE HESA publication Higher Education Statistics for the United Kingdom 2012/13 has been released today. This National Statistics publication gives a statistical overview of higher education (HE) in the 2012/13 academic year including data from HESA and other statistics producers. Commentary, summary tables and charts are provided in the free online introduction.


The 50 tables in the publication include:

  •  Student, Staff, Finance and Destinations data from HESA,
  • Applications and admissions data from UCAS,
  • Data from the Student Loans Company on student support provision,
  • Information on participation and graduate rates for 30 countries from the OECD,
  • Data from the Labour Force Survey on qualification rates over time.

The free online introduction includes commentary, summary tables and charts and provides an overview of the key trends in higher education over the last five years, with the full document available to purchase.

A summary of the main details of the 2012/13 introduction include:


 544,750 UK domicile UCAS applicants and 407,390 acceptances. Table A


 2,340,275 HE students at HE institutions (HEIs), plus 186,455 HE students at FE colleges. Table B

56% of HE students are female. Table C

43% of students studied science subjects. The most popular subject area was business & administrative studies which was studied by 14% of students. Table D


 787,900 HE qualifications were awarded, of which 51% were first degrees and 33% postgraduate. Table E


 89% of leavers were in some form of employment or further study six months after leaving. 6% were unemployed. Table F

Medicine and dentistry leavers had the lowest rate of unemployment after leaving at 0.2%. Computer science leavers had the highest rate at 12.9% Table G


 382,515 staff were employed in HEIs on 1 December 2012. 185,585 (49%) were academic staff. Table H

45% of academic staff were female. 36% were employed on fixed-term contracts. Table I


 UK HEIs had a total income of £29 billion of which 40% came from tuition fees. Table J

Student Loans

 The Student Loans Company lent almost £4.5 billion in tuition fee loans which was a significant increase from 2011/12. Table K