English majors are on the rise in the UK.
The number of students studying English at university and colleges rose by more than 1 million between 2015 and 2020.
But the growth has been slow.
The percentage of students in the top 10% of their country’s population studying English grew by just 2% between 2015 to 2020, compared with a 3% increase in students in 10th, 11th and 12th place, according to figures from the Universities and Colleges Union.
A new study from the University of Sheffield and University of London’s Institute of Education has found that the number of English-speaking students studying at university in England has risen by just 0.7% a year between 2015-16 and 2020-21.
The authors attribute the fall to a “challenge” of a lack of interest in English, and the high cost of tuition fees.
“The impact of a low-quality of education on academic outcomes, and consequently the impact on the quality of life, is a major concern,” they wrote.
They found that in the last 10 years, the number in the bottom 10% studying English has dropped by 20% compared with the 10 years prior to the Brexit vote, and by a similar proportion in the first decade after the Brexit referendum.
“These findings have implications for both public policy and wider economic and social policy, particularly as the country prepares for the Brexit process,” the authors wrote.
The Brexit vote and Brexit backlash are leading to the decline of the English major, said Professor David Jones of Durham University, who is also a member of the UVM English major steering committee.
“I think it’s a concern and it’s very important that the university is trying to develop some of the policies and policies that will enable English to continue to flourish and be a part of the UK,” he said.
Professor Jones, who also has a PhD in English at Durham, said the decline in the number taking English at universities is due to a number of factors, including the growing costs of fees, the rising cost of living and the UK’s changing demographics.
“There is a lot of uncertainty in terms of the future of English,” he added.
“It is hard for students to get a degree, but if you can get a place to study, and that’s a big if.”
English is seen as a “tourist language” and many universities have seen a “big surge” in interest in the language.
In 2018, there were 690,000 applications for the top 25 English universities in the world, according the Oxford English Dictionary.
The top 20 universities account for more than a third of the applications for each of the top 50 universities in Britain.
But, despite the high number of applications, there has been no increase in English-language applications since 2014.
Prof Jones said he thinks there is an “underlying theme” behind the UK-wide fall in the English majors’ numbers.
“We’ve got an issue with the education system that is a problem for English,” said Prof Jones.
“Our universities are struggling to get the students who are interested in the discipline that they are trying to recruit into the university system.”
The report also found that students from the top-10% of the population are now far more likely to take a degree in English than in any other subject.
“At the same time, we are seeing a lot more students in those top 10%, who are now almost exclusively from the 10% and below, and this is a huge increase over the past five years,” said Dr Andrew Roberts, who led the research.
“Students who are more likely than those with a high-performing school or university background to be from that 10% are now taking higher-paying, more demanding English subjects.”
The UVM study, called “English Proficiency in the U.K.,” surveyed more than 4,000 university students in England in 2015-17.
It found that more than half of all students in 2015 knew no more than one word or phrase in English.
Only 17% knew a single word or word combination in English and fewer than 2% knew two or more words in English but had no other English language experience.
The report found that there are more than 2.5 million English majors and 2.7 million secondary English speakers in the country.
A spokesman for the UVAU said the findings were “extremely welcome” and they are encouraging.
“They provide the latest data on the English-as-a-second-language (ESL) student population in England and will allow us to take further steps to improve the language education and career opportunities available to our students,” the spokesman said.
“This is particularly important as ESL students account for almost one in five of the adult population in the United Kingdom.”
The University of Sussex is one of the leading universities in England, but its English majors, many of whom are from overseas, are also in decline.
The university said in a statement that its English Proficiency