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Staff working in HE and a list of key stakeholders in the HE sector

We represent all staff working in universities, university colleges and colleges of higher education (HE).

Approximate numbers of staff working in HE are as follows:

  • 306,620 staff in England
  • 7,540 staff in Northern Ireland
  • 38,980 in Scotland
  • 19,315 in Wales

(Source: LLUK research factsheets published in 2009)

If you would like to read more about the lifelong learning workforce in each of the nations click here:


Northern Ireland



You can also find additional sector information in our Research Directory.

There are 169 HE institutions across the UK, whose work is funded by the Higher Education Funding Councils for England and Wales (HEFCE and HEFCW), the Department for Employment and Learning in Northern Ireland (DELNI) and the Scottish Further and Higher Education Funding Council (SFC).

Some of the key stakeholders in the HE sector are as follows:

Links to other organisations active in the HE sector are included in the nations pages.

You can also view the HE Constituency Map for a full list of stakeholders.

Visit our research pages to read more about the HE sector, which also include information on projects and reports covering this area.