Numbers and percentages of domiciles of undergraduates for Scottish universities: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

Information requested


(A) From 2011 to 2018 for each Scottish university, what is the domicile of successful 1st year undergraduate intake classed as (1) Scotland (2) rUk (3) EU (4) rest of world in numbers and percentages.

(B) for same period and same categories of domicile the number and percentages of applicants for each Scottish university.



i) The information you have requested is available from the Universities and Colleges Admission Service (UCAS). The relevant tables can be found within the data resources folder at the

Within this zip folder, table DR4_003_01 gives the number of Total Acceptances of all UK universities broken down by international domicile (UK/other EU/non-EU). To see a breakdown of the UK numbers, DR4_004_01 shows the domiciles in terms of the four home nations. Combined, these will give you the Scotland/rUK/EU/rest of world breakdowns. Data is available from 2006 onwards.

Note on UCAS Coverage:

Please note that in Scotland there is a substantial section of higher education provision which is not included in UCAS undergraduate’s figures.
This is mostly full-time higher education provided in colleges, which represents around one third of young full-time undergraduate study in Scotland. This proportion varies by geography and background within Scotland. Accordingly, the statistics on UCAS acceptances and applicants in these data resources reflect only the majority of full-time undergraduate study which uses UCAS. The UCAS undergraduate scheme also includes applications to some postgraduate courses such as a Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE).

ii) Further detailed information is also available from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) who collect information on the overall numbers of entrants and enrolments to Scottish Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). The second table, HE student enrolments by domicile, at

gives this information for each academic year since 2013/14. Changing the options at the top of this table will allow you to see the numbers for first year entrants, undergraduates only, and Scottish HEIs only.

Under section 25(1) of FOISA, we do not have to give you information which is already reasonably accessible to you. 


While our aim is to provide information whenever possible, in this instance the Scottish Government does not have the information you have requested.
UCAS does not publish details on the domicile of applicants to individual universities, and the Scottish Government has no other source for this information. This information may be requested from UCAS directly, though it may be subject to a cost.

Any applicant information that is held by UCAS is included in the data resources folder at

The most relevant tables for your enquiry are DR2_001_04 (UK/other EU/non-EU) and DR2_003_04 (four home nations), covering all UK universities, but these are not at the institution level.




(A) This information is already accessible.
The information requested is already reasonably obtainable on the UCAS website. As such, the Scottish Government does not need to directly provide this information under section 25(1) of FOISA.

(B) The Scottish Government does not have the information.
This is a formal notice under section 17(1) of FOISA that the Scottish Government does not have the information you have requested.


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