Did you know? Facts about higher education

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The student population is more diverse than you might think

  • Two thirds of the student population are mature students.
  • While the majority of students are full-time students, more than a third are studying part-time courses.
  • There are 64,000 studying medicine or dentistry, and nearly 171,000 training to be nurses.

Student satisfaction with higher education

  • More than eight out of ten students said that they were satisfied with their course in the most recent National Students Survey.

Universities give back to the economy

  • The higher education sector contributes £31 billion to the UK’s Gross Domestic Product, or GDP.
  • Universities directly employ 382,000 people throughout the UK.
  • Students spend £7.9 billion on living costs, most of which goes into the local economy.

International perspectives

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