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University Students

Volume 300: debated on Monday 10 November 1997

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To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what is the ratio of undergraduate students to teaching staff at (a) Oxford, (b) Cambridge, (c) Durham and (d) all universities in England and Wales. [14629]

The latest available information which relates to 1993–94 and covers all students (undergraduates and postgraduates) in all higher education institutions in England shows a student: staff ratio of 16·5.Because of changes in data sources in 1994–95 more recent figures have not so far been published. It is intended that the next Departmental Annual Report due to be published in March 1998 will contain more up to date figures.Student:staff ratios for individual institutions are not compiled by the Department. Figures for former University Funding Council universities were published up to 1993–94, by cost centre, in the University Management Statistics and Performance Indicators in the UK publication.

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment how many mature students are currently studying at (a) Oxford, (b) Cambridge and (c) Durham Universities; if he will express that figure as a percentage of the total undergraduate student body of each university; and what is the average for all British universities. [14627]

The information is given in the following table:

Mature1 home and overseas undergraduates in higher education 1996–97
Mature undergraduates (thousands)Percentage of all undergraduates
UniversityFull-timePart-timeFull-timePart-time
Oxford2·72·724100
Cambridge3·02·02899
Durham2·00·62693
All higher education institutions in the UK2446·3346·44597
1Those aged 21 and over in the current academic year.2 Including the Open University.