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Higher Education: Lancashire

Volume 457: debated on Thursday 8 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of (a) 18 and (b) 19-year-olds from Lancashire joined university courses in each of the last 10 years. (125242)

The latest available figures on participation in higher education by local authority were published by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) in January 2005 in “Young Participation in England”, which is available from their 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 local authority, for the years 1997 to 2000. The figures for Lancashire local authority, and the comparable figure for England, are shown in the following table. HEFCE have not produced participation rates beyond 2000.

Young participation rate (YPR (A)) in higher education1 for year cohort aged 18

1997

1998

1999

2000

Cohort for Lancashire2

14,010

14,490

14,360

14,030

Young participation rate (A) for Lancashire3 (Percentage)

31

30

30

31

Young Participation Rate (A) for England (Percentage)

29.2

28.8

29.2

29.9

1 Covers all students studying higher education courses at UK higher education institutions and other UK institutions, for example further education colleges.

2 Cohorts are reported to the nearest 10.

3 Young participation rates for constituencies are reported to the nearest per cent.

Source:

Higher Education Funding Council for England.

The total numbers of undergraduate entrants to UK higher education institutions from Lancashire local authority for each year since 2001-02 are given in the following table.

Entrants to undergraduate courses1 from Lancashire local authority

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

Aged 18

3,530

3,570

3,445

3,535

3,885

Aged 19

1,550

1,460

1,505

1,595

1,535

Other ages2

9,005

10,610

10,640

10,225

10,720

Total entrants

14,090

15,635

15,590

15,355

16,140

1 Covers all students studying higher education courses at UK higher education institutions only. Students studying higher education courses elsewhere such as further education colleges are excluded.

2 Includes a very small number of students with unknown ages or ages under 18.

Note:

Figures are based on the HESA standard registration population for entrants and have been rounded to the nearest five, so components may not sum to totals.

Source:

Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA)

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 per cent: the latest provisional figure for 2004-05 is 42 per cent. The HEIPR is not calculated at local authority level.

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many Lancashire students left university with incomplete degrees as a result of their course being discontinued in each of the last 10 years. (125248)

The information requested is not collected centrally. The Higher Education Statistics Agency publishes figures on non-continuation rates but these figures are not broken down by specific reasons for non-continuation including discontinuation of course because this information is not collected centrally.

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many degree courses in Lancashire were discontinued in each of the last 10 years. (125324)

The information requested is not collected centrally. Degree courses open and close regularly because student and employer demand for particular higher education courses does not stand still. Higher education institutions (HEIs) have responded successfully to student demand, there were 12,010 entrants to full time first degree courses at HEIs in Lancashire in 2005-06, compared to 10,670 in 1997-98.