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Education: North-east England

Volume 455: debated on Thursday 18 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many people from (a) Jarrow constituency and (b) south Tyneside have attended university in each year since 1997; and which English parliamentary constituency has had the highest (i) number and (ii) proportion of people attending university in each year since 1997. (115353)

The latest available information is shown in the table.

Undergraduate entrants to all UK higher education institutions from Jarrow parliamentary constituency and South Tyneside local authority

Undergraduate entrants from:

Academic year

Jarrow constituency

South Tyneside local authority

1997-98

555

980

1998-99

605

1,065

1999-2000

580

1,010

2000-01

570

985

2001-02

605

1,050

2002-03

725

1,270

2003-04

715

1,235

2004-05

740

1,375

2005-06

775

1,375

Notes:

Figures have been rounded to the nearest five and are on a DfES snapshot basis as at 1 December.

Source:

Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA).

In each of these years the English parliamentary constituency which had the highest number of undergraduate entrants to higher education institutions was Bristol West.

The latest available figures on participation in higher education by constituency were published by the Higher Education Funding Council for England in January 2005 in “Young Participation in England”, which is available from its website at:

http://www.hefce.ac.uk/pubs/hefce/2005/05_03/

This report shows participation rates for young people who enter higher education aged 18 or 19, disaggregated by constituency, for the years 1997-98 to 2000/01. HEFCE has not produced participation rates beyond 2000-01.

The English parliamentary constituency which had the highest proportion of young people entering higher education in each of the years 1997-98 to 2000-01 was Kensington and Chelsea. For example in 2000-01 the participation rate for Kensington and Chelsea was 79 per cent. compared to 30 per cent. for England as a whole.

The Department uses the higher education initial participation rate (HEIPR) to assess progress on increasing first-time participation of English students aged 18 to 30 in higher education towards 50 percent: the latest provisional figure for 2004-05 is 42 per cent. The HEIPR is not calculated at parliamentary constituency level.