News: Number of students starting part-time undergraduate degrees in Wales up 46%

In response to today’s publication of student numbers for 2018/19, Amanda Wilkinson, Director of Universities Wales, said:

“We are delighted to see a 46% increase in the number of first year students enrolling on part-time undergraduate degrees in Wales. This increase demonstrates the positive impact of the ongoing implementation of the Diamond Review recommendations which are supporting more people of all ages and backgrounds to study higher education.

“We are also pleased to see that, despite a sustained demographic dip in the number of 18 year olds, the number of students enrolling at universities in Wales increased this year and with a higher percentage increase than the UK as a whole.

“Higher education in Wales continues to focus on what makes universities in Wales different from elsewhere.  For the second year in a row, we have the UK’s highest student satisfaction figures.  The most recent Research Excellence Framework found Wales to have the highest proportion of world-leading research in terms of impact in the UK and we also have the UK’s highest rate of graduate start-up businesses which will be crucial to the future economic success of Wales.”



HESA published its first release of student data for 2018/19 on 16 January 2020 (see here).

First year enrolments from UK part-time undergraduate degree students (i.e. those benefiting from the new Diamond support package) increased from 2,500 to 3,640 in 2018/19 – an increase of 46% in a year.

Postgraduate students increased by 6% overall, including a 9% increase in first year students.

Otherwise, overall enrolments in Wales increased by 2.0% (compared to 1.7% for the UK).  There was a 2.8% increase in UK students enrolled in Wales (including a 3.5% increase in Welsh students).

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