Fewer enrol at Wales' colleges

First published in News

FEWER students enrolled at Wales’ higher education institutions last year compared to the previous year, according to statistics published by the Welsh Government this week.

Wales remained a net ‘importer’ of students last year, but the net flow into Wales fell by 12 per cent. In 2012/13, there were 128,780 higher education enrolments in Wales, a fall of two per cent since 2011/12, while enrolments by Welsh students at all UK higher education institutions saw a small decrease compared with 2011/12.

At Welsh higher education institutions, full-time enrolments remained the same as 2011/12 levels, but part-time enrolments fell by six per cent in 2012/13.

Part-time enrolments represented 28 per cent in 2012/13 compared with 40 per cent at the 2006/07 peak.

In 2012/13 there were 101,270 Welsh higher education enrolments at UK institutions. Part-time undergraduate enrolments fell by four per cent but part-time post-graduate enrolments rose by four per cent.

In 2012/13, there were 21,610 Welsh enrolments at UK higher education institutions outside Wales and 33,080 enrolments at Welsh institutions from students normally living elsewhere in the UK.

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