Somalis in UK Higher Education

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Dear Higher Education Statistics Agency,

Can you please provide the following records:

1.Number of Somalis in college education (broken down by
2. Number of Somalis in undergaduate education (broken down by city/borough)
3. Number of Somalis in post-graduate education (broken down by city/borough)

If you are unable to provide any part of this, please provide reasons why, and still provide the rest of the statistical data.

Thank you.

Yours faithfully,

Awoowe Hamza

Simon Kemp, Higher Education Statistics Agency

Dear Awoowe Hamza

Statistical data on the number of Somali domicile students at Higher Education Institutions in the UK is available through the HESA Bespoke Data service. Please see the Bespoke Data service home page here: and complete the online data request form here: This data can be provided by level of study and location of institution.

HESA does not hold data on students at Further Education colleges (q1). Further Education data is held by The Data Service:

The latest data held by HESA relates to students attending Higher Education Institutions in 2010/11. Data for the 2011/12 academic year will be available from this Thursday 10 January.

For your reference, HESA is not subject to the Freedom of Information Act as it is an independent company, owned by its members, and not deemed to be a public authority.

I have provided some high level statistical data on Somali domicile students below. Please note that the numbers are fairly small and a detailed geographical breakdown may not be possible if the results are likely to identify individuals.

According to the HESA Student Record the numbers of Somali domicile higher education students at UK higher education institutions in 2010/11 by level of study were as follows:

Postgraduate 15
Undergraduate 55
Total 75

The following institutions had 3 or more Somali domicile students in 2010/11 and accounted for more than half (40) of all Somali domicile HE students in the UK in 2010/11:

Aston University
University of Bedfordshire
The University of East London
London South Bank University
The Manchester Metropolitan University
The University of Salford
The University of Wolverhampton

Please note:

• All figures have been rounded to the nearest multiple of 5 as described in the definitions.
• Definitions for the Student Record can be found here:

If you have any questions about the data please ask.

Kind regards


HESA cannot accept responsibility for any inferences or conclusions derived from HESA data by third parties.

Simon Kemp
Press Officer and Data Protection Officer
Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA)
95 Promenade, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL50 1HZ
T 01242 211135 F 01242 211122 W

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