Global Engagement Index

About the index

The Education Insight Global Engagement Index (GEI) endeavours to support the development of institutional internationalisation strategies and invite a conversation about global engagement. The index aims to capture the state of international engagement across 30 measures, which have varying relevance to the UK’s diverse higher education sector. The scores range from five stars, highest level of engagement, to one star, which indicates a low level of engagement or that the measure bears little relevance.

Education Insight Global Engagement Indextable

A Student Engagementtable

A.1 Geographical Diversity of International Studentstable

A.1.1 Proportion of International Studentstable

This metric uses the 2018-19 HESA student record. It is reduced down to the standard registration population which excludes incoming visiting and exchange students. This metric only considers full-time students and calculates the non-UK students as a proportion of all students in 2018-19. Any institutions with fewer than 50 students have been suppressed from the metric. In addition to this, institutions with fewer than five non-UK students were also suppressed (i.e. HESA publication suppression).

A.1.1.1 Proportion of International First Degree Students
A.1.1.2 Proportion of International Postgraduate Taught Students
A.1.1.3 Proportion of International Postgraduate Research Students
A.1.2 Market Diversificationtable

This metric uses the 2018-19 HESA student record. It is reduced down to the standard registration population which excludes incoming visiting and exchange students. The higher education institutions (HEIs) are plotted on a scatter chart according to the number of fulltime non-UK students and the number of countries the students are from. A regression (best fit) line plots the overall sector relationship between the two variables. HEIs are rated according to their vertical distance from the line of best fit. HEIs’ plots below the regression line show dependence on a small number of markets.

A.1.2.1 Diversification of First Degree Students
A.1.2.2 Diversification of Postgraduate Taught Students
A.1.2.3 Diversification of Postgraduate Research Students
A.1.3 Student Recruitment from ODA Countriestable

This metric uses the 2018-19 HESA student record. It is reduced down to the standard registration population which excludes incoming visiting and exchange students. This measure shows students from ODA countries[1] as a proportion of the total international fulltime (standard registration) student population (excludes incoming visiting and exchange students).

A.1.3.1 First Degree Recruitment from ODA Countries
A.1.3.2 Postgraduate Taught Recruitment from ODA Countries
A.1.3.3 Postgraduate Research Recruitment from ODA Countries

A.2 HESA Aggregate Offshore Recordtable

A.2.1 Transnational Education for Capacity Buildingtable

This measure considers the engagement of HEIs in the delivery of transnational education (TNE) at the postgraduate level. The postgraduate TNE is expressed as a proportion of the overall TNE delivery. The metric uses HESA Aggregate Offshore Record. HESA publication suppression methodology is used (i.e. HEIs with less than five postgraduate and less than 50 TNE students are suppressed).

A.2.1.1 Proportion of Postgraduate Transnational Education
A.2.1.2 Proportion of Postgraduate Transnational Education in ODA countries
A.2.2 Delivery of Transnational Educationtable
A.2.2.1 Proportion of Transnational Education

This metric uses HESA Aggregate Offshore Record expressed as a proportion of the respective HEI’s total student population (on-campus and offshore). The rationale behind this indicator is to show the HEI’s global footprint.

A.2.2.2 Proportion of Transnational Education in ODA Countries

This metric uses TNE delivered in ODA countries [1] as a proportion of the total TNE student population. The measure shows HEIs’ engagement through TNE in countries and territories which attract ODA.

A.2.2.3 Geographical Diversity of Transnational Education Students

This metric uses the 2018-19 HESA Aggregate Offshore Record. Data for HEIs with less than 50 TNE students are suppressed. The metric considers the number of home countries for students registered on programmes with the respective HEI.

A.3 Student Successtable

A.3.1 Continuation Rate of First Degree International Students

Non-continuation rate of first-degree international students This metric uses the 2017-18 HESA student record. It is reduced down to the standard registration population which excludes incoming visiting and exchange students. In addition to this, this metric only considers full-time entrants to the first-degree study. The HESA Performance Indicator methodology[2] was then used to calculate the percentage of students who do not continue into their second year one year later. Any institutions with fewer than 50 students have been suppressed from the metric. Note that for this metric, five stars indicates a low rate of non-continuation or a high rate of continuation.

A.3.2 Student Satisfaction (NSS)

This metric uses the 2020 National Student Survey for all final year students. This metric considers question 27, overall satisfaction, and it follows the OfS publication suppression. This measure includes the international students only.
This indicator needs to be treated with caution because the returns for some institutions may not be representative for the international graduates.

A.3.3 Proportion of International Leavers in Study or Employment

This metric uses the 2017-18 Graduate Outcomes Survey, Table 6 filtered for overseas students (EU and non-EU). This metric considers all employment and further study and is suppressed according to the HESA publication suppression.
This indicator needs to be treated with caution because the returns for some institutions may not be representative for the international graduates.

A.4 Study Abroad and Internationalisation at Hometable

A.4.1 Proportion of Modern Foreign Language Students

This metric uses the 2018-19 HESA student record. It is reduced down to the standard registration population which excludes incoming visiting and exchange students. In addition to this, this metric only considers UK domiciled full-time students. This metric calculates the proportion of students studying languages[3]. Additionally, any student studying a Combined degree[4] with "languages" or a language have been counted as an MFL student. Any institutions with fewer than 50 students have been suppressed from the metric.

A.4.2 Proportion of Students with Study Abroad Experience

This metric uses the 2015-16 entry student cohort from the HESA student record. It is reduced down to the standard registration population which excludes incoming visiting and exchange students. In addition to this, this metric only considers UK domiciled full-time students. This metric calculates the proportion of students studying abroad throughout their studies[5]. Any institutions with fewer than 50 students have been suppressed from the metric.

A.4.3 Proportion of Incoming Visiting and Exchange Students

This metric uses the 2018-19 HESA Student Record. The number of Incoming Visiting Exchange students is expressed as a proportion of all student entrants in 2018-19.

A.4.4 International Themes Within the Curricula

This metric uses the 2018-19 HESA student record. It is reduced down to the standard registration population which excludes incoming visiting and exchange students. In addition to this, this metric only considers UK domiciled full-time students. This metric uses course title and searches for relevant terms.

B Institutional infrastructuretable

B.1 Proportion of International Academic Stafftable

The Proportion of International academic staff This metric uses the 2018-19 HESA staff record and is reduced to just academic staff[6]. The metric then calculates the proportion of non-UK staff at each institution. Any institutions with fewer than 50 academic staff have been suppressed from the metric.

B.1.1 The Proportion of Non-UK Junior Researchers

This metric uses the 2018-19 HESA staff record and is reduced to junior academic researchers[7]. The metric then calculates the proportion of non-UK staff at each institution. Any institutions with fewer than 15 junior researchers have been suppressed from the metric.

B.1.2 The Proportion of Non-UK Senior Researchers and Professors

This metric uses the 2018-19 HESA staff record and is reduced to just academic[8] senior researchers and professors[9]. The metric then calculates the proportion of non-UK staff at each institution. Any institutions with fewer than 50 senior researchers and professors have been suppressed from the metric.

B.1.3 The Proportion of Non-UK Senior Leadership Team

This metric uses the 2018-19 HESA staff record and is reduced to just the senior leadership team[8]. The metric then calculates the proportion of non-UK staff at each institution. Any institutions with fewer than 15 senior leadership team have been suppressed from the metric.

B.2 Environmental impacttable

B.2.1 Sustainability of Institution (People & Planet)

This measure uses the overall outcome, which is published in the People and Planet database.

B.2.2 Staff Air Travel Carbon Footprint per Student

This measure uses HESA Estates Management Record, Emissions and waste by HE provider and academic year[11]. The emissions are calculated per student. The student population is a sum of the HESA Standard Registration Population and the Aggregate Offshore Record.

B.3 Sustainable development and engagement with ODA countriestable

B.3.1 Proportion of Fee Waivers for Students from ODA Countries

This measure considers the tuition fee waivers. The HESA field used for this indicator is Major source of tuition fees[12]. The proportion of tuition fee waivers for students domiciled in an ODA country are calculated[13].

B.3.2 Proportion of Collaborative Research with ODA countries

This measure considers the proportion (%) of collaborative research output with researchers from ODA countries[14].. The measure uses the Scival database[15].

B.4 International engagement and researchtable

B.4.1 Proportion of Non-UK HEBCI Income

This metric uses the 2018-19 HESA HE Business and Community Interaction Survey (HEBCI) Table 1 – Income from collaborative research involving public funding data[16]. The metric is based on the EU government funding and other sources of funding as a total of the 2018-19 income. Institutions with no reported data in Table 1 are excluded from this analysis.

B.4.2 Impact of Research Produced in International Collaboration

This measure uses the International Collaboration Impact (the average number of citations received by publications that have international co-authorship) which is captured by Scival[17].