Appendix  Students 2008/09
This Appendix provides further quantitative details of a change applied to the standard basis for counting students^{1} – the Standard Registration Population (SRP) from 2007/08 onwards. This change involves the removal from the population of students who are recorded with a mode of study of ‘writingup’ or ‘sabbatical’. The change results from a decision taken by HESA in consultation with UK HE funding bodies and government education departments with the aim of bringing statistical counts of students more into line with funding and fee arrangements.
Students on sabbatical years are those who have suspended their studies for a year in order to undertake duties such as holding student union office. Their numbers in any one academic year across the UK are small, around 40 in 2007/08. Therefore they have no material effect on statistical analyses and are not disaggregated within this Appendix.
The much larger and more significant group of students excluded from the population are ‘writingup’ students. In 2008/09 these amounted to around 46,000 students across the UK. These are typically graduate students who have completed the active taught or research phases of their courses and are preparing theses or dissertations.
Within publications up to and including 2006/07 writingup students were grouped into the ‘parttime’ mode of study category, regardless of whether their former active mode was fulltime or parttime. Therefore, their exclusion from the SRP from 2007/08 onwards has no impact on fulltime student numbers; the impact is confined entirely within the parttime numbers.
It is worth clarifying that the removal of writingup students only affects the Standard Registration Population, and thereby counts of student instances. It does not affect counts of student fulltime equivalents (FTE) in which the FTE of writingup students will be reduced accordingly. Nor does it affect counts of students obtaining qualifications, in which case writingup students are categorised under their last active mode of study before entering their writingup period.
The tables shown below provide bridging material to enable readers to gauge the effect of the change in population and to provide student numbers on a consistent basis over the last three academic years under the new and previous SRP definition. These tables are disaggregated by level of study and UK administration.
Table A1  All HE students by level and mode of study 2006/07  

Fulltime  Parttime  Total (new SRP) 
Writingup and sabbatical 
Total (previous SRP) 

UK Total  1451715  852985  2304700  58110  2362815 
Postgraduate research  63340  27045  90385  28625  119010 
Postgraduate taught  179730  232630  412360  28020  440380 
First degree  1086075  200360  1286440  785  1287225 
Other undergraduate  122570  392950  515520  680  516200 
England  1187635  724415  1912050  45140  1957190 
Postgraduate research  52270  22750  75020  23350  98370 
Postgraduate taught  149560  194055  343615  20445  364060 
First degree  879450  181385  1060835  710  1061545 
Other undergraduate  106355  326225  432580  635  433215 
Wales  77180  51050  128230  3535  131765 
Postgraduate research  2665  1335  4000  1490  5490 
Postgraduate taught  8510  11660  20170  2005  22175 
First degree  61495  4710  66205  35  66240 
Other undergraduate  4510  33345  37855  5  37860 
Scotland  152795  62765  215560  7970  223530 
Postgraduate research  6985  2335  9320  3240  12560 
Postgraduate taught  19695  22090  41780  4685  46465 
First degree  115545  10965  126510  30  126540 
Other undergraduate  10570  27375  37945  20  37965 
Northern Ireland  34110  14750  48860  1470  50325 
Postgraduate research  1425  625  2045  545  2590 
Postgraduate taught  1965  4825  6790  885  7675 
First degree  29585  3295  32885  10  32895 
Other undergraduate  1135  6000  7135  30  7165 
In this table 0, 1, 2 are rounded to 0. All other numbers are rounded up or down to the nearest multiple of 5. 
Table A2  All HE students by level and mode of study 2007/08  

Fulltime  Parttime  Total (new SRP) 
Writingup and sabbatical 
Total (previous SRP) 

UK Total  1480385  825720  2306105  49825  2355925 
Postgraduate research  66400  27165  93565  27970  121535 
Postgraduate taught  181980  225590  407570  20095  427665 
First degree  1108685  198155  1306840  945  1307785 
Other undergraduate  123320  374810  498130  815  498940 
England  1218820  703365  1922180  37805  1959985 
Postgraduate research  54875  23015  77890  22695  100585 
Postgraduate taught  151990  187285  339280  13670  352945 
First degree  903580  179805  1083385  800  1084180 
Other undergraduate  108375  313260  421630  640  422275 
Wales  78215  47325  125540  3695  129240 
Postgraduate research  2800  1300  4100  1450  5545 
Postgraduate taught  8610  10550  19160  2205  21365 
First degree  62430  4215  66645  40  66690 
Other undergraduate  4380  31255  35635  0  35635 
Scotland  149610  60575  210180  7245  217425 
Postgraduate research  7310  2265  9580  3280  12860 
Postgraduate taught  19005  22690  41695  3825  45520 
First degree  113515  10765  124280  60  124340 
Other undergraduate  9775  24855  34630  80  34710 
Northern Ireland  33740  14455  48200  1075  49275 
Postgraduate research  1415  585  2000  545  2540 
Postgraduate taught  2375  5060  7435  395  7835 
First degree  29155  3375  32530  45  32575 
Other undergraduate  795  5440  6230  90  6325 
In this table 0, 1, 2 are rounded to 0. All other numbers are rounded up or down to the nearest multiple of 5. 
Table A3  All HE students by level and mode of study 2008/09  

Fulltime  Parttime  Total (new SRP) 
Writingup and sabbatical 
Total (previous SRP) 

UK Total  1540030  856020  2396050  46380  2442430 
Postgraduate research  67115  27575  94690  30115  124805 
Postgraduate taught  200885  241240  442125  15275  457400 
First degree  1146550  205195  1351745  435  1352180 
Other undergraduate  125480  382010  507495  550  508045 
England  1267675  738165  2005840  35995  2041835 
Postgraduate research  54925  23470  78395  25075  103470 
Postgraduate taught  168030  202890  370920  10015  380935 
First degree  933465  187455  1120920  375  1121300 
Other undergraduate  111255  324350  435605  525  436125 
Wales  80990  45485  126475  3570  130040 
Postgraduate research  2905  1340  4245  1485  5730 
Postgraduate taught  9640  11680  21315  2050  23365 
First degree  64285  4250  68540  30  68570 
Other undergraduate  4160  28215  32370  5  32375 
Scotland  156820  58675  215495  6610  222105 
Postgraduate research  7645  2255  9900  3360  13255 
Postgraduate taught  20110  21645  41755  3205  44960 
First degree  119315  10640  129955  25  129985 
Other undergraduate  9750  24135  33885  20  33905 
Northern Ireland  34545  13695  48240  205  48450 
Postgraduate research  1640  505  2145  200  2345 
Postgraduate taught  3105  5030  8135  5  8135 
First degree  29485  2845  32330  0  32330 
Other undergraduate  320  5315  5635  0  5635 
In this table 0, 1, 2 are rounded to 0. All other numbers are rounded up or down to the nearest multiple of 5. 
^{1} Technically the Standard Registration is applied to generate counts of student ‘instances’ which describe a student’s engagement with the HE institution. Since each student may have more than one engagement with the HE institution, the count of instances will exceed the number of students.