Research Reports

Some of our special projects lead to detailed written reports. Read our published interim and final reports here.

Commuter Students in London (2019)

Between April 2018 and February 2019 London Higher conducted a pilot project to understand some of the characteristics and perceptions of commuter students studying in London.

Two reports have been produced and are published by London Higher:

The economic impact of London’s international students (2015)

International students studying at London universities directly contributed £3 billion to the UK economy in 2013-14 and supported over 37,000 jobs.

The latest report detailing the contribution of non-UK students in London was prepared by London & Partners and is available to download here (PDF: 2.55 MB)

Economic impact of international students, 2011

A report by PA Consulting Group for Study London provides an update on the contribution of international students to London’s economy. Quantifiable impact involving HEFCE-funded HEIs and private colleges is estimated to be £5.7 billion supporting 100,000 jobs in London. Download PDF (0.8 MB)

Highly Skilled London

A strategy for increasing higher education’s provision of skills to London’s workforce and can be downloaded here. Download PDF (1.41 MB)

The three research projects which underpin this strategy are:

Skills and the City

Demonstrating how London’s higher education institutions work in partnership with business. Download PDF (PDF: 1.00 MB)

Part-time study

Part-time study: Employer Attitudes (PDF: 0.80 MB)
Exploring the experiences, perceptions and attitudes of London employers to part-time study.

Part-time study: An Overview (PDF: 0.90 MB)
Providing an overview of part-time students studying in the capital

Part-time study: HEI Perspective (PDF: 0.20 MB)
Uncovering the views of part-time study from the perspective of higher education institutions.

Higher Returns (PDF: 0.28 MB)
Financial support guidelines for part-time higher education courses 2008/2009.

Study London

Positioning London as the best place in the world to be a student. Download PDF (4.87 MB)

Economic impact of international students, 2007

A report by Oxford Economics with the headline finding that London’s international students contributed £1.5 billion to UK GDP in 2005/2006 and supported over 40,000 jobs. Download PDF (0.73 MB)

Leading Health

Demonstrating how London universities and higher education colleges make vital contributions across the health sector in the areas of training, research, service provision and strategic collaboration among others. Download PDF (2.33 MB)

The Creative Capital

Exploring London’s creative education sector. Providing an analysis, key facts, case studies and the challenges and opportunities for the sector. Download PDF (0.70 MB)

Winning Combinations

Reflecting the breadth and depth of collaboration taking place in London’s higher education sector. Download PDF (0.7 MB)

Knowledge Capital

Exploring the economic and social importance of London’s education sector to London’s, and the UK’s, economy. Download PDF (1.67MB)

Olympic Scoping Study

A study undertaken by PA Consulting to identify an inclusive and effective structure for the Higher Education contribution to the 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games. Download PDF (0.63 MB)