Statistics Publication Notice Lifelong Learning Series: Students In Higher Education At Scottish Institutions

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Students in Higher Education at Scottish Institutions 2008-09

Statistics on Students in Higher Education ( HE) at Scottish Institutions 2008-09 are published today by Scotland's Chief Statistician. This publication contains updates of the figures in the 'Participation in Higher Education in Scotland, 2007-08' publication (with the exception of the Age Participation Index ( API) which will be released separately later this year), published on 30 th September 2009. The tables in this publication have been improved to reflect feedback from users of the statistics. The figures reported here supersede those contained within previous releases. The release contains information on HE provision in higher education institutions ( HEIs) in Scotland as well as Scotland's colleges.

Summary of Key Findings:

  • Student numbers in HE in Scotland increased by 2.6 per cent (6,990) in 2008-09 to 279,615.
  • Comparisons with the rest of the UK can only be made for those doing HE at Higher Education Institutions ( HEIs). Student numbers in HEIs in Scotland increased by 2.8 per cent (6,405) in 2008-09 to 231,260. This compares to a rise of 4.3 per cent in England and 3.9 per cent for the UK as a whole (including Scotland).
  • 75.8 per cent of those doing HE in Scotland were Scottish domiciled.
  • Scotland remained a significant net importer of students, importing more than twice as many students from elsewhere in the UK (just over 28,000) than those that leave Scotland for other UK destinations (12,600).
  • Entrant numbers increased by 4.8 per cent (6,635) in 2008-09 to 144,130.
  • Again, comparisons with the rest of the UK can only be made for those entering HE at Higher Education Institutions ( HEIs). Entrant numbers to HEIs in Scotland increased by 5.9 per cent (5,860) in 2008-09 to 105,975. This compares to a rise of 7.6 per cent in England and 7.0 per cent for the UK as a whole (including Scotland).
  • The proportion of entrants from the most deprived areas of Scotland was 14.9 per cent, a slight improvement on 2007-08 (14.8 per cent). Those from the 20 per cent most deprived areas (now with 19.0 per cent of the working-age population) are now under-represented by 4.1 per cent. This is a slight improvement from 4.2 per cent the previous year.
  • The growth in students domiciled outwith the UK was greater than for those domiciled within the UK. The number of EU (excluding the UK) domiciled students doing HE in Scotland increased by 1,180 (or 9.3 per cent) from 12,670 in 2007-08 to 13,850 in 2008-09. The number of non-European domiciled students increased by 2,570 (or 12.1 per cent) from 21,250 to 23,820. China is the largest foreign contributor to HE student numbers in Scotland at 5,130.