Higher education research in facts and figures

An overview of the quality of research, impact, collaboration, students, staff and finance at UK universities.​

Higher education research in facts and figuresHighlights include:

                        • 76% of research at higher education institutions was considered as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ for its overall quality in 2014
                        • UK higher education institutions received £4.2 billion from knowledge exchange activities in 2015−16
                        • More than half of UK research is produced through international collaborations
                        • UK government spending on  research and development is  below the OECD average as a proportion of GDP
                        • 43% of postgraduate research students and 29% of academic staff were from overseas
                        • Research performed by UK universities in 2014−15 equates to an increase of £28.9 billion in gross value added


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