The Size of Universities in Australia and the UK

For a long time I have been interested in organisational innovation. At the the moment that is focussed on the way that higher education and universities specifically can adopt and mainstream innovations in eductaional technicology and changing pedgagogy related to the adoption of new technologies. One barrier to innovation adoption may be related to the size of an organisation. I thought I would start by looking at the size of universities. The data for student enrolment at Australian universities are readily available in spreadsheet format. Being a visual thinker I like to put these into charts. This post doesn’t draw any conclusions it is simply designed as a starting point for a discussion with myself and anyone else who is interested in some the issues that affect innovation and mainstreaming of educational technologies. I’m also making these charts available for anyone that wants them. All of the data is in the public domain and links to them are included.


N: 37, Min: 5,466, Max: 54,348, Mean: 24,822

Australian University EFTSU in 2009

Australian University EFTSU in 2009

Australian Statistics are from the Australian Federal Government’s Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) web site.

United Kingdom

N: 164, Min: 290, Max: 38,190, Mean: 13, 850

UK University EFTSU 2008/2009

UK University EFTSU 2008/2009

UK statistics are from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) web site.

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