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University Places

Volume 127: debated on Friday 19 February 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will publish the number of places offered by each United Kingdom university for each of the past 10 years (a) in total, (b) by degree course subject and (c) by country of origin of student, Scotland, England, Wales, Northern Ireland and others.

The available information for full-time undergraduate new entrants to universities in 1986 is shown in the table. It is taken from "University statistics, 1986–87, volume one (students and staff)", published by the Universities Statistical Record. Information for earlier years is published in previous editions. Figures by subject for 1986 relate to the new subject classification, which is not directly comparable with the classification used prior to 1985. Readily available unpublished information for country of domicile for 1986 entrants is also shown.

Full-time undergraduate new entrants to universities: United Kingdom 1986
Number
Aston1,001
Bath946
Birmingham2,615
Bradford1,106
Bristol2,012
Brunel671
Cambridge3,317
City817
Durham1,460
East Anglia1,190
Essex932
Exeter1,430
Hull1,423
Keele817
Kent1,37
Lancaster1,547
Leeds2,724
Leicester1,255
Liverpool2,060
London Business School
London9,583
Loughborough1,428
Manchester Business School
Manchester2,883
Manchester Institute of Science and Technology1,108
Newcastle2,130
Nottingham1,983
Oxford3,080
Reading1,531
Salford1,083
Sheffield2,208
Southampton1,832
Surrey911
Sussex1,334
Warwick1,774
York1,051
Total England62,629
Aberystwyth University College915
Bangor University College818
Cardiff University College1,695
St. David's, Lampeter242
Swansea University College1,404
University of Wales College of Medicine76
University of Wales Institute of Science and Technology672
Total Wales5,822
Total England and Wales68,451
Aberdeen1,491
Dundee835
Edinburgh2,505
Glasgow2,694
Heriot-Watt1,060
St. Andrews989
Stirling899
Strathclyde1,838
Total Scotland12,311

Number

Total Great Britain80,762
Queen's University Belfast1,887
University of Ulster2,760
Total Northern Ireland4,647
Total United Kingdom85,409

Full-time undergraduates new entrants to universities in Great Britain, 1986—by subject

Number

1. Medicine and dentistry
Medicine4,054
Dentistry861
Total medicine and dentistry4,915
2. Studies allied to medicine
Anatomy and physiology267
Pharmacology187
Pharmacy688
Ophthalmics237
Nursing369
Other and combined studies allied to medicine317
Total studies allied to medicine2,065
3. Biological sciences
Biology1,688
Botany129
Zoology346
Genetics102
Microbiology323
Biochemistry1,129
Psychology954
Other and combined biological sciences484
Total biological sciences5,155
4. Veterinary science, agriculture and related studies
Veterinary science337
Agriculture510
Forestry81
Food science191
Other and combined agricultural sciences187
Total veterinary science, agriculture and related studies1,306
5. Physical sciences
Chemistry2,289
Physics2,320
Astronomy64
Geology792
Geography469
Other and combined environmental and physical sciences579
Total physical sciences6,513
6. Mathematical sciences
Mathematics2,463
Statistics165
Computer studies1,652
Other and combined mathematical sciences524
Total mathematical sciences4,804
7. Engineering and technology
General engineering922
Civil engineering1,520

Number

Mechanical engineering1,988
Aeronautical engineering461
Electrical engineering397
Electronic engineering1,748
Production engineering263
Chemical engineering825
Minerals technology173
Metallurgy106
Other materials technology170
Maritime technology109
Biotechnology62
Other and combined studies in engineering and technology2,068
Total engineering and technology10,812
8. Architecture and related studies
Architecture552
Building227
Town and country planning151
Other related studies including combinations43
Total architecture and related studies1,023
9. Social sciences
Economics2,499
Sociology707
Social policy and administration282
Applied social work116
Anthropology147
Psychology583
Geography1,516
Politics910
Law3,869
Other and combined social services1,429
Total social sciences12,068
10. Business and financial studies
Business and management studies1,450
Financial management234
Accountancy700
Institutional management224
Land and property management216
Other and combined business and financial studies525
Total business and financial studies3,349
11. Librarianship and information science
Librarianship33
Other related studies including combinations48
Total librarianship and information science81
12. Languages and related studies
Linguistics151
English2,812
American studies182
Classical studies401
French1,037
German362
Hispanic studies156
Russian144
Other European languages321
Chinese76
Other Oriental/Asian/African languages94
Other and combined languages and related studies2,804
Total languages and related studies8,540
13. Humanities
History2,813
History of art337
Archaeology263
Philosophy430

Number

Theology and religious studies696
Other and combined humanities278
Total humanities4,817
14. Creative arts
Fine art151
Design studies135
Music588
Drama252
Other and combined creative arts151
Total creative arts1,277
15. Education
Teacher training490
Academic studies in education302
Other and combined education studies282
Total education1,074
16. Multi-disciplinary studies
Combinations of groups 2, 3 and 4132
Combinations of groups 2–4 with 5 and 6323
Combinations of groups 5 and 6351
Combinations of groups 2–6 with 7 and 8 and 7 with 8608
Combined or general science1,515
Combinations of groups 9, 10 and 11764
Combined or general social science1,479
Combinations of group 12 with 13–151,297
Combinations of groups 13, 14 and 1545
Combined or general arts662
Combinations of groups 5 and 6 with 9–11838
Combinations of groups 2–4, 7 and 8 with 9–11394
Combinations of groups 5 and 6 with 12–15250

Full-time students in 1986

Universities in

England

Wales

Scotland

Northern Ireland

United Kingdom

Total233,53820,55647,23014,966316,290
Numbers domiciled in
England188,31611,7899,073675209,853
Wales7,0195,6242432812,914
Scotland2,93812930,44912533,641
Northern Ireland2,3561991,17712,11015,842
Other132,9092,8156,2882,02844,040
Total100100100100100
Percentages domiciled in
England815719566
Wales327104
Scotland1164111
Northern Ireland112815
Other11414131414
Percentages may not sum due to rounding

1 Includes those domiciled in other United Kingdom and overseas.