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Higher Education: Eastern Region

Volume 467: debated on Tuesday 13 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what percentage of young people from (a) the East of England and (b) Suffolk undertook (i) degrees and (ii) other advanced courses at university in each of the last five years. (162583)

The latest available information is shown in the following table. Figures for 2006/07 will be available in January 2008.

English domiciled young1 entrants to higher education institutions by domicile and level of study—UK higher education institutions2, academic years 2001/02 to 2005/06

Domicile

Country

Government office region

Local authority

Level of study

Academic year

England

East

Suffolk

First degree

2001/02

194,965

19,950

2,220

2002/03

201,835

20,365

2,295

2003/04

203,310

22,000

2,220

2004/05

206,925

21,210

2,345

2005/06

223,905

23,110

2,590

Other undergraduate

2001/02

28,575

2,975

275

2002/03

26,260

2,835

270

2003/04

25,195

2,690

250

2004/05

27,345

3,095

265

2005/06

28,435

2,880

255

1 Young refers to undergraduates aged 20 and under.

2 Excludes the Open University.

Note:

The figures are on a HESA Standard Registration Population basis and are rounded to the nearest five. They cover students on all modes of study.

Source:

Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA)

The Government’s main measure of participation in Higher Education is the Higher Education Initial Participation Rate (HEIPR). This is the sum of the HE initial participation rates for individual ages between 17 and 30 inclusive. It covers English-domiciled first time entrants to HE courses, which are expected to last for at least six months, at UK Higher Education Institutions and English, Scottish and Welsh Further Education Colleges, and who remain on their course for at least six months. The HEIPR is not available for smaller areas.

Figures for the young 17 to 20 age group are shown in the following table:

Higher Education Initial Participation Rate for 17 to 20-year-olds (HEIPR20)

HEIPR20 (percentage)

Number of initial participants

2001/02

33

(32.5)

194,000

2002/03

33

(32.7)

201,000

2003/04

32

(31.8)

204,000

2004/05

32

(32.1)

209,000

2005/06

34

(34.0)

226,000

Note:

The HEIPR is usually published to the nearest integer, but the figures are included to one decimal place to inform comparisons over time. Numbers are quoted to the nearest 1,000.

Source:

“Participation Rates in Higher Education: Academic Years 1999/2000—2005/06 (Provisional)”, published by DfES