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Student Grants Unit

Volume 447: debated on Thursday 8 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many students applied for a bursary from the NHS Student Grants Unit for the academic year beginning in (a) 2004 and (b) 2005, broken down by type of course; (72315)

(2) how many and what percentage of students had received their bursary from the NHS Student Grants Unit for (a) the academic year 2005-06 by (i) September 2005, (ii) October 2005, (iii) November 2005 and (iv) December 2005 and (b) the academic year 2004-05 by (A) September 2004, (B) October 2004, (C) November 2004 and (D) December 2004, broken down by (1) type of course and (2) type of bursary;

(3) how many complaints the NHS Student Grants Unit received in (a) 2004 and (b) 2005;

(4) how many applications for dependants' allowance the NHS Student Grants Unit received in (a) 2004 and (b) 2005; and how many were approved in each year.

Table one shows the number of national health service bursary awards assessed in academic years 2004-05 and 2005-06 by type of course.

Table 1: NHS bursaries: awards assessed—academic years 2004-05 and 2005-061

Course name

2004-05

2005-061

Allied health profession foundation

55

71

Audiology

260

343

Chiropody

1,024

1,023

Dental hygiene

290

231

Dental hygiene and dental therapy

36

139

Dental surgery

569

494

Dental therapy

42

43

Dietetics

882

946

Health professional—unclassified

1,425

1,570

Medicine

7,066

6,651

Midwifery

3,739

3,879

Nursing degree

6,766

7,325

Nursing—diploma higher education

52,587

51,888

Occupational therapy

3,815

3,960

Operating department practitioner

877

1,113

Orthoptics

136

140

Physiotherapy

5,321

5,414

Prosthetics and orthotics

94

88

Radiography

2,733

2,919

Radiotherapy

216

195

Radiotherapy—radiation oncology

30

33

Speech and language therapy

1,638

1,714

Total

89,601

90,179

1 Academic year to date (academic year 1 September—31 August).

The information is not available in the format requested. Table two shows the applications processed for new and continuing students undertaking degree and diploma courses, month by month for the academic year 2004-05 and 2005-06 with the exception of medical and dental courses where the information is only available for 2005-06.

Table 2

Academic year 2004-05

Academic year 2005-06

September

October

November

December

September

October

November

December

New diploma

7,088

9,437

10,475

10,475

2,729

6,429

9,799

10,941

Continuing diploma

33,937

35,795

36,120

36,120

35,525

35,642

35,950

36,367

New degree

8,561

11,834

13,495

13,495

1,035

4,251

6,684

10,580

Continuing degree

15,360

15,884

16,055

16,055

12,950

13,837

14,875

15,453

New medical

1

1

1

1

4529

Continuing medical

1

1

1

1

2569

1 Not available

125 written complaints were received from 1 February 2005 to 31 December 2005 and nine in 2004.

Table three shows how many applications were made to the NHS Student Grants Unit for dependants' allowances and how many applications were approved in the academic years 2004-05 and 2005-06.

Table 3: NHS Bursaries: applications for dependants’ allowances—academic years 2004-05 and 2005-061

2004-05

2005-061

Applications made

14,601

16,028

Applications approved

12,898

12,950

1 Academic year to date (academic year 1 September—31 August). Source: NHS Business Services Authority