Fees impact on part-time enrolments

Part-time enrolments at universities in England have been hit hard since the introduction of higher tuition fees, fresh data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency suggest

February 6, 2014

The number of new starters on part-time undergraduate courses in 2012-13 was down 33 per cent on the previous year. Postgraduate part-time enrolments were also down 7 per cent compared with 2011-12.

Overall, the largest drop in part-time undergraduate enrolment comes from UK students. Here the number of new entrants has fallen from just over 225,000 in 2011-12 to less than 150,000 in 2012-13, a decline of 34 per cent. By contrast the largest drop in enrolments for part-time postgraduate courses came from non-European Union overseas students.

The number of these students fell by 760 – or 15 per cent – between 2011-12 and 2012-13, the data, published on 16 January, show.

Source: Higher Education Statistics Agency, Higher Education Student Enrolments and Qualifications Obtained at Higher Education Institutions in the UK for the Academic Years 2012-13.

holly.else@tsleducation.com

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