The Patterns and Trends series presents annual statistical data about the sector in the context of the trends of the previous decade. The picture presented by this year’s report, which focuses on academic year 2012-12, is of a sector at the beginning of a significant period of change. 2012-13 was the first year of the new undergraduate funding regime, which in part contributed to a decline of 6.3% in student enrolment. While growth is expected to return after 2012-13, this dip illustrates the ongoing need for the sector to demonstrate its value to prospective students.
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