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Universities in the UK: Market Research Report

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Universities Market Research Report | SIC P85.421 | Mar 2017

Passing funding: Higher tuition fees and rising enrolment offset falling government funding

IBISWorld’s Universities market research report is a comprehensive guide to market size and growth prospects. Our industry reports offer strategic industry analysis of the factors influencing companies, including new product developments, economic, lifestyle and demographic influences, distribution and supply chain factors and pricing issues. Full analysis accompanies our data forecasts to illustrate how the market responds to emerging industry trends.

Report Snapshot
Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 12-17
Annual Growth 17-22
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Industry Threats & Opportunities
  • Increased funding for vocational training is likely to make it more attractive to students
  • Some operators are giving more unconditional offers in order to avoid the risk of the clearing process
  • University and business collaborations are expected to boost commercial activity income
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

Universities provide higher education, leading to qualifications such as bachelor’s degrees, foundation degrees, master’s degrees and higher education diplomas. UK universities have undergone significant changes in terms of income sources over the past five years. Cuts in government funding have meant that universities now rely increasingly on tuition fees, private funding and commercial activity in partnership with businesses. Currently, funding from bodies, such as research councils and charities, comprise the bulk of income for most universities.

Despite the decline in government funding, UK universities have managed to maintain a modest rate of growth, reflected by a compound annual growth rate of 0.8% over the five years through 2016-17... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry Key Buyers Chapter

The Universities industry has a low level of market share concentration since the four largest universities, measured in terms of total incomes, are estimated to have a combined market share of just 16.2% in 2016-17. The industry is highly fragmented and the barriers to new entrants are high. The industry receives a considerable share of its income from the government through HEFCE, which oversees funding and grants in England. The Scottish Funding Council and the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales do the same in Scotland and Wales respectively.

Government funding as a proportion of total income received by universities has decreased in recent years in line with government efforts to reduce the budget deficit. How.. purchase to read more

Additional Insights for the Universities Industry

IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Universities Industry are

  • Having a good reputation
  • Use of specialist equipment or facilities
  • Experienced work force
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Participation of 16-18 year olds in full-time education and National unemployment rate in the Universities industry impact industry performance... purchase to read more


    Industry ProductsRelated Reports

    What is the Universities Industry?

    Operators in this industry provide full and part-time teaching and training that leads to both undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications.

    Industry Products
    First degreesPGCEs and ProfGCEsFoundation degreesHND and DipHEOther undergraduate qualificationsTaught master's degreesDoctorate and research master's degreesOther postgraduate qualifications
    Industry Activities
    Teaching first degreesTeaching taught and research master's degreesTeaching postgraduate certificates in education Teaching foundation degreesTeaching other undergraduate and postgraduate professional qualifications

    Table of Contents
    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Participation of 16-18 year olds in full-time education
  • National unemployment rate
  • Public-sector funding for higher level education
  • Real household disposable income
  • Population aged 16 to 25 years
  • Current Performance
  • Revising tuition fee policy
  • Academic competition
  • Trimming costs
  • Chart: Revenue Growth
  • Industry Outlook
  • Funding cuts and alternatives
  • Surplus investments
  • Re-examining regulation
  • Leaving the European Union
  • Table: Universities Industry Revenue Outlook
  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Universities Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy
  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
  • Key Buying Industries
  • Financial Management
  • Consultant Engineering Services
  • Hospitals
  • Key Selling Industries
  • Computer & Peripheral Equipment Wholesaling
  • Health Care, Education, Cultural Services and Other Social Services Regulation
  • Newsagents & Stationery Stores
  • Office Furniture Wholesaling
  • Products & Services
  • First degrees
  • Taught master's degrees
  • Doctorate and research master's degrees
  • Other undergraduate qualifications
  • Other postgraduate qualifications
  • PGCEs and ProfGCEs
  • HND and DipHE
  • Foundation degrees
  • Chart: Universities Industry Products and Services Segmentation
  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Students aged 20 and under
  • Students aged between 21 and 24
  • Students aged between 25 and 29
  • Students aged 30 and over
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Universities Industry
  • International Trade
    Business Locations
  • Chart: Business Locations by State
  • Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Wages
  • Purchases
  • Depreciation
  • Other costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Universities
  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition
  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Universities Industry
  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    There are no major players in this industry
    Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Universities Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success
  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth
  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Key Statistics
  • Table: Industry Data for the Universities Industry
  • Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
  • Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • Jargon & Glossary
    Higher Education Funding Council For England
  • A body of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills that distributes funding to English higher education institutions.
  • Higher Education Statistics Agency
  • An agency that collects and publishes data about higher education in the United Kingdom.
  • Massive Open Online Course (Mooc)
  • An online course aimed at large-scale participation and open access via the internet.
  • Russell Group
  • Represents 24 leading UK universities that are committed to the highest levels of academic excellence in both teaching and research.

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    • A five-year forecast of the market and noted trends
    • Detailed research and segmentation for the main products and markets
    • An assessment of the competitive landscape and market shares for major companies
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