May 4, 2017
The UK makes up 5% of OECD countries' population but hosts 15% of the students studying for masters and PhD degrees in OECD countries
Among EU member states, the UK has been the top receiving country for PhD candidates from both within and outside the EU
Within EU: 11,500
Outside EU: 24,100
Within EU: 5,400
Outside EU: 23,000
Within EU: 3,100
Outside EU: 11,300
The number of international students studying in UK research degree programmes tripled from 1994/5 to 2012/13
Outflow of UK researchers to elsewhere in EU: 600
Inflow of researchers from elsewhere in EU to UK: 3,600
The UK leads the EU in the number of prestigious ERC grants it hosts. In 2016:
117 grants were awarded to researchers who would work in the UK although only 45 grantees had UK nationality.
Increase in percentage of UK academic staff who are non-UK nationals:
2005/6 = 19%
2015/16 = 29%
72% of active UK researchers have trained or worked as researchers abroad
Adapted from International mobility of researchers: A review of the literature by Susan Guthrie, Catherine Lichten, Jennie Corbett and Steven Wooding, RR-1991/1-RS, 2017, available at https://www.rand.org/pubs/research_reports/RR1991.html.
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