Higher Education statistics published – Department for the Economy

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Date published: 23 March 2022
The Department for the Economy has today published two statistical bulletins; 'Enrolments at UK Higher Education Institutions: Northern Ireland Analysis 2020/21' and 'Qualifications gained at UK Higher Education Institutions: Northern Ireland Analysis 2019/20'.
This statistical bulletin provides information on the number of NI students enrolled at UK Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and the number of students enrolled at NI HEIs. The key points are:
NI domiciled enrolments at UK HEIs:
Enrolments at NI HEIs
This document is available to download from the Department’s website
This statistical bulletin provides information on Higher Education qualifications gained by students at NI HEIs and by NI domiciled students at UK HEIs. The key points are:
Qualifications gained by NI domiciled students at UK HEIs:
Qualifications gained at NI HEIs:
This document is available to download from the Department’s website.
1. The statistics presented in these bulletins are based on data collected by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA). HESA is the official agency for the collection of information on publicly funded universities throughout Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales and Higher Education (HE) providers in England registered with the Office for Students (OfS) in the Approved (fee cap) or Approved categories
2. The HESA data presented in these bulletins relate to students at HE institutions in the UK and do not include HE students at Further Education (FE) colleges in NI or GB, or at institutions in the Republic of Ireland.
3. Higher Education students for the purpose of HESA’s data collection are those students on courses for which the level of instruction is above that of Level 3 of the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) National Qualifications Framework (NQF) (for example, courses at the level of Certificate of HE and above).
4. The academic year runs from 1st August to 31st July.
5. Broad STEM includes the following subject areas: Medicine and dentistry; Subjects allied to medicine; Biological and sports sciences; Psychology; Veterinary sciences; Agriculture, food and related studies; Physical Sciences; Mathematical sciences; Engineering and technology; Computing; Geographical, earth and environmental studies (natural sciences); and Architecture, building and planning.
6. Narrow STEM is a subset of Broad STEM and includes the following subject areas: Biological and sports sciences; Psychology; Physical sciences; Mathematical sciences; Engineering and technology; Computing; and Geography, earth and environmental studies (natural sciences).
7. Further notes and technical details are available in the bulletin on the Department’s website.
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9. For media enquiries contact the Department for the Economy Press Office at pressoffice@economy-ni.gov.uk .
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