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HE Employability Digest-Jan 2017

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HE Employability Digest-Jan 2017




> Impact of Brexit on UK Higher education potentially positive and negative

> Changes could increase tuition fee income by £187 million (net) in the first year alone, as fees for students from EU members rise.

> Conversely, harmonising the rules for EU and non-EU students could reduce enrolments from other EU countries by over 31,000 students (a 57% decline in EU students) – amounting to a net loss of £40 million in the first year (after accounting for higher fees from those who still study in the UK).

> HE Entry rates increase for all ethnic groups, but large differences persist


> Large differences in entry rates by ethnic group for English pupils accepted to higher tariff providers.

> The number of 18 year olds accepted at university rose by 1.5 % to 238,900, the highest number recorded to date, despite a fall in the population of 18 year olds. 


First degree qualifications accounted for 54% of all HE qualifications


> Full-time first degree enrolments accounted for 80% of all full-time higher education enrolments and grew by 3%, substituting for the decline in other full-time qualifications

> Postgraduate qualifications (excluding postgraduate PGCE) accounted for 32% and PGCE qualifications (at postgraduate and undergraduate level) accounted for the remaining 3% in 2015/16


> 91% of employers satisfied or more with graduates’ numeracy skills


> More than four in five firms reporting satisfaction or better with graduates’ numeracy (91%) and literacy skills (86%), and nearly the same proportion satisfied or better with graduates’ problem solving (79%) and communication skills (77%)

> 87% of employers rank a graduate's right attitude and aptitude in their top consideration of workplace effectiveness, far above factors such as the university attended (13%)