UK's student population rises by 4.3%

The number of students enrolled in UK universities rose by 4.3% in 2003, according to the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA).

The HESA's first analysis of student data from the 2002/03 academic year revealed that there were 2,175,115 enrolments on higher education courses at HE institutions compared to 2,086,075 in 2001/02 – representing a 4.3% rise. In 2002/03 there were 977,010 first-year students compared with 938,350 in 2001/02.

Female students made up 58% of the first year student population, unchanged from 2001/02. The biggest gender gap for first years was at the other undergraduate level (for example HNDs and HNCs) where 65% were female and 35% were male.

Just under 60% (562,035) of first year students were studying full-time compared to 61% (1,318,065) of students from all years. This is an increase on 2001/02 when 56% and 60% were studying full-time respectively. Part-time modes of study were chosen by 42% (414,970) of first year students although this falls to 39% (857,050) when considering all enrolments. Overall this seems to indicate a swing from part-time study to full-time study when compared to 2001/02.


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