The London Weighting (LW) is an uplift paid to London higher education institutions (HEIs) to reflect the higher costs of providing services in London. London HEIs have received the LW for many years. The rationale for the LW is to
recognise that providing a similar service in London is more costly than in the rest of the country, and that costs, such as staff salaries and property costs, are determined by local market forces that are mostly outside the influence of HEIs.
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:
- Results of a pilot project on factors affecting continuation (Paresh Shah, London Higher) Download PDF (0.8 MB)
- Qualitative perceptions of students about commuting and studying in London (Liz Thomas Associates) Download PDF (0.7 MB)
International students studying at London universities directly contributed £3 billion to the UK economy in 2013-14 and supported over 37,000 jobs.
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:
- Strand 1 – Demand (PDF: 0.7 MB)
- Strand 2 – Supply (PDF: 1.2 MB)
- Strand 3 – Strategic Solutions (PDF: 0.5 MB)
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: 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.
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)
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)
Reflecting the breadth and depth of collaboration taking place in London’s higher education sector. Download PDF (0.7 MB)
Exploring the economic and social importance of London’s education sector to London’s, and the UK’s, economy. Download PDF (1.67MB)