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Historical Statistics on the Funding and Development of the UK University System, 1920-2002

Title details

SN: 4971
Title: Historical Statistics on the Funding and Development of the UK University System, 1920-2002
Persistent identifier: 10.5255/UKDA-SN-4971-1
Depositor: Carpentier, V., University of London. Institute of Education
Principal investigator(s): Carpentier, V., University of London. Institute of Education
Sponsor(s): Economic and Social Research Council
Grant number: RES-000-22-0296


The citation for this study is:

Carpentier, V. (2004). Historical Statistics on the Funding and Development of the UK University System, 1920-2002. [data collection]. UK Data Service. SN: 4971,

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Subject Categories

Economic history - History
Education history - History
Higher and further - Education
Population history - History


Abstract copyright UK Data Service and data collection copyright owner.

This study is comprised by the data collected for a wider project exploring the historical relationship between higher education and the UK economy. The project sought to provide a long-term explanation of the relationships between funding, widening access and socio-economic aspects of higher education. Three main areas were considered:
-The provision of an in-depth historical account and analysis of the numbers and extent of students and staff for the purposes of evaluating the main characteristics of UK higher education development back the 1920s.
-The provision of an in-depth historical account and evaluation of levels and structures of income and expenditure in higher education
-The interpretation of these data with reference to major socio-economic indicators.
Main Topics:
This study is a collation and analysis of statistics on UK higher education which refers to pre-1992 universities and includes all institutions delivering degrees afterwards. The dataset, which gathers historical series on funding and development of universities from the early 1920s, is the result of research into primary and secondary governmental and institutional sources.

Please note: this study does not include information on named individuals and would therefore not be useful for personal family history research.

Coverage, universe, methodology

Time period: 1921 - 2002
Dates of fieldwork: 01 May 2003 - 31 January 2004
Country: Great Britain | United Kingdom
Spatial units: No spatial unit
Observation units: Individuals
Kind of data: Numeric data
Universe: National
Persons studying at Universities in Great Britain and the United Kingdom between 1921 and 2002
Time dimensions: Cross-sectional (one-time) study
Sampling procedures: No sampling (total universe)
Method of data collection: Compilation or synthesis of existing material
Weighting: No weighting used
Data sources: All the consulted data were available in the public domain and are not subject to any copyright permissions. They include publications from the Central Statistical Office (1932-1939 Statistical Abstract for the United Kingdom; 1939-1967 Annual Abstract of Statistics; 1967-2003 Education Statistics for the United Kingdom. The main other type of resources comes from higher education funding bodies. These include from 1889 the Committee on Grants to University Colleges, 1918 University Grants Committee, 1988 University Funding Council, 1992 Higher Education Funding Council.

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Administrative and access information

Date of release:
First edition: 07 July 2004
Copyright: Crown copyright material is reproduced with the permission of the Controller of HMSO and the Queen's Printer for Scotland. Dataset copyright Vincent Carpentier and the University of London.
Access conditions: The depositor has specified that registration is required. Available to all registered users. The depositor may be informed about usage.
Availability: UK Data Service
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Title File Name Size (KB)
Study documentation (portable document format) guide.pdf 23
Study information and citation UKDA_Study_4971_Information.htm 18
READ File read4971.txt 2


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By principal investigator(s):
Carpentier, V., Campbell, C., and Whitty, G. (2003) 'Educational financing and improvement: conceptual issues and policy debates in the UK' "Revue Suisse des Sciences de l'Education, 3, pp.455-477.

Carpentier, V. (2004) 'Scrooge tatics' "Times Higher Educational Supplement", 14 May.

Resulting from secondary analysis:
Sugimoto, Y. and and Nakagawa, M. From duty to right: the role of public education in the transition to aging societies, Osaka University Institute of Social and Economic Research Discussion Paper No. 700. Retrieved May 29, 2008, from Also published under the Osaka University 21st Century Center of Excellence Program (COE) as 'Behavioral Macrodynamics based on Surveys and Experiments Discussion Paper No.225'. Retrieved May 29, 2008, from


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