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August 2006/31 (web only)
Issues paper

This report is for information


Staff employed at HEFCE funded HEIs: update

Trends and profiles

The purpose of this report is to extend the findings of the 2005 report 'Staff employed at HEFCE funded HEIs: Trends, profiles and projections' (HEFCE 2005/23) to include data from 2004-05.

An updated report, HEFCE 2007/36, includes data from 2005-06.


To: Heads of HEFCE funded higher education institutions
Of interest to those responsible for: Staff data, Planning, Human resources management
Reference: 2006/31
Publication date: August 2006
Enquiries to: Mark Gittoes
tel 0117 931 7052
e-mail m.gittoes@hefce.ac.uk

Table of contents and executive summary (read on-line)



Contents

  • Executive summary
  • Introduction
    • Data source
    • Terminology
    • Overview of 2004-05 staff
  • Academic and assistant academic staff
    • Overall
    • Permanent academic staff: Trends and attributes
    • Permanent academic staff including medicine and dentistry
  • Professional and support staff
    • Overall
    • Attributes
  • PhD starters and qualifiers

Executive summary

Purpose

1.   This report extends the findings reported in the 2005 report 'Staff employed at HEFCE funded HEIs: Trends, profiles and projections' (HEFCE 2005/23) to include data from 2004-05. It updates the sections on all staff, with particular focus on academic staff employed in English higher education institutions (HEIs), professional and support staff employed in English HEIs, and PhD starters and qualifiers at all HEIs in the UK.

Key points

2.   In this report we give an overview of trends in academic staff at English HEIs from 1995-96 to 2004-05, with a particular focus on the period 2002-03 to 2004-05. It shows that for the permanent academic staff:

  1. The number has continued to rise between 2002-03 and 2004-05.
  2. There has been significant growth in the proportion of staff on permanent contracts between 2002-03 and 2004-05.
  3. Although for the whole sector numbers have increased, there has been a decline in the numbers of veterinary sciences, chemistry, physics, engineering and mathematics staff between 2002-03 and 2004-05. However for some of these subjects, there were slight increases between 2003-04 and 2004-05.
  4. There has been a continued rise in the proportion in higher grades in 2004-05.
  5. The proportion aged 50 or over remained the same at 41 per cent from 2002-03 to 2004-05.
  6. The proportions of women, non-UK nationals, and staff from minority ethnic backgrounds have all continued to rise steadily.

3.   This report also includes data on professional and support staff in 2004-05:

  1. The most frequent primary function for professional and support staff is as a support administrator.
  2. The majority of professional and support staff are full-time (64 per cent).
  3. The proportion of professional and support staff aged 50 or over is 29 per cent.
  4. Sixty-two per cent of professional and support staff are female.
  5. Ninety-one per cent of professional and support staff are from a white ethnic background.

4.   We also provide an update on the trends in PhD starters and qualifiers at HEIs across the UK.

Action required

5.   This report is for information.