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Statistics from 2016/17 reveal difference in home and international student numbers


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New information collated by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) has revealed the stark difference in the number of home and international student at 132 universities in the UK.

While it makes sense that domestic students make up a larger number of university populations within the UK, the differences in numbers at certain institutions were particularly severe.

With information taken from the most recent academic year (2016/17), the university with the lowest proportion of international students, both undergraduate and postgraduate, was Bishop Grosseteste, Lincoln, with just 5 international students out of a total population of 2,236 - just 0.2%. This figure was closely followed by 15 students at Newman, Birmingham, 60 at Leeds Trinity University, 70 at Plymouth, St Mark and St John and 125 at Suffolk.

In contrast, the university with the highest percentage of international students was found to be University College London with a total of 14,975 students out of a population of 37,136 – just over 40%. The rest of the top five was composed of Manchester with 12,920, Edinburgh with 10,780, Coventry with 9,715 and King’s College London with 8,900.

These figures are especially interesting amidst calls from Len Shackleton, an Economics professor at the University of Buckingham, for the scrapping of tuition fees for international students in order to attract more to the UK - particularly those from third-world countries who do not have the same opportunities.

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