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English universities may have 350,000 more students by 2035

    

While English institutions are set for a surge, Scotland may see demand fall

Universities in England may need to lay on more than 25 per cent more full-time student places by 2035, but Scottish institutions are likely to see numbers drop sharply, according to an analysis by the Higher Education Policy Institute.

The Hepi think tank has calculated that if predicted population growth is combined with the same average increase in demand for higher education seen over the past decade, in 15 years’ time around 358,000 more full-time university places will be needed in England. According to data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency, there were around 1.5 million full-time undergraduate students in the UK in the 2018-19 academic year, of which almost 1.25 million were in England.

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