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Higher Education: Research

Volume 458: debated on Monday 19 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many permanent academic research posts were funded in each year from 1997-98 to 2006-07; and what percentage this number was of all academic research posts funded in each year. (127849)

The information is shown in the following tables. Data for academic years 1997/98 to 2002/03 and 2003/04 to 2005/06, the latest year available, are shown separately to take account of the Higher Education Statistics Agency's revision of its staff data collection methodology in 2003-04.

Table 1: Academic staff1 employed in research-only activities at English higher education institutions, 1997/8 to 2002/03

Academic year

Permanent research-only posts

Total research-only posts

Permanent posts as a percentage of all research-only posts

1997/98

1,830

30,810

5.9

1998/99

2,035

31,325

6.5

1999/2000

1,905

33,470

5.7

2000/01

2,055

35,155

5.8

2001/02

2,020

36,255

5.6

2002/03

2,365

36,945

6.4

1 A count of active contracts for academic staff with 25 percent.+ full time equivalent only.

Note:

Figures have been rounded to the nearest five.

Source:

Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA)

Table 2: Academic staff1 employed in research-only activities in English higher education institutions, 2003/04 to 2005/06

Academic year

Open ended/permanent research-only posts

Total

Permanent posts as a percentage of all research-only posts

2003/04

2,465

29,375

8.4

2004/05

3,210

29,410

10.9

2005/06

4,715

30,610

15.4

1 A count of staff with one or more active contracts.

Note:

Figures have been rounded to the nearest five.

Source:

Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA)