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About London's HE

HE Facts and Figures

Londonís universities and higher education colleges are a powerhouse of research, teaching and technology transfer unrivalled anywhere in the UK, Europe and beyond. Collectively, higher education institutions (HEIs) in London:

  • Generate £17 billion each year in goods and services including £2.5 billion in export earnings and supporting 146,000 jobs at all skill levels (2011/12 figures);
  • Educate 385,500 students from the UK and overseas, who are able to choose from 30,000 undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications;
  • Employ over 84,000 academic and non-academic staff;
  • Win over £349 million in Research Council grants and nearly £470 million of research funding as recurrent grants from HEFCE;
  • Attract 101,000 international students from over 200 countries, who in turn contribute at least £1.7 billion annually to the London economy;
  • Produce over 146,000 skilled graduates every year, 90% of whom work in London, East Anglia or the South East.

Specific examples on how higher education in London helps with economic and social impact in the capital can be found in Working Capital published in 2010.  An update is being prepared for publication in Summer 2014. 

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London's Population

London is an international city with an incredibly diverse population. The following key points relate to London's population in 2011:

  • the capital had 8.17 million people making up 15% of the population of England and Wales,
  • 35% of Londoners were between 24-44 years old
  • 19% of London's workforce commute into the capital, 
  • 21% of Londoners were not UK nationals but came from over 33 different countries
  • over 300 languages are spoken in London

More information can be found by clicking on this link (opens in new window).

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Last Updated: 14/04/2014