UK Higher Education Staff Statistics

On Thursday the HESA released data from the 2016/17 HESA Staff record which provides insight into staff employment at UK higher education institutes (HEIs) in 2016/17.

Headline data reveals:

  • 419,710 (2016/17) staff are employed in UK HEIs which is a 2% increase on 2015/16.
  • 49% of staff are on academic contracts which has remained the same since 2015/16.
  • Staff on academic contracts from elsewhere in the EU rose from 33,775 (2015/16) to 35,920 (2016/17).
  • There is an increase in the number of female professors and senior academics.
  • Females made up 48% of full-time staff and 68% of part-time staff in 2016/17, however, these numbers decline to 41% and 56% respectively for academic staff only.
  • 15% of academic staff who specified their ethnicity were black and minority ethnic.

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