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Commonalities and diversities of UK universities


As in most developed countries, higher education in the UK has expanded massively over recent decades. From under 10 per cent of the relevant age group going on to higher education at the end of the 1960s, by the first decade of the twenty-first century over 40 per cent were attending university. Over the same time period, the number of universities in the UK more than quadrupled and individual institutions grew in size substantially.