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Volume 472: debated on Monday 25 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what proportion of students in English universities were from (a) England, (b) the UK, (c) other EU countries and (d) non-EU countries in each year from 1990 to 2007; and if he will make a statement. (163768)

The available information is given in the table. Figures for 2006-07 will be available in January 2008.

Number and proportion of higher education enrolments at English institutions1 by domicile: academic years 19900-91 to 1993-94

Number

Percentage

All enrolments

UK domiciles

Overseas domiciles

UK domiciles

Overseas domiciles

1990-91

873,150

807,760

65,390

92.5

7.5

1991-92

972,100

900,740

71,360

92.7

7.3

1992-93

1,083,455

995,195

88,260

91.9

8.1

1993-94

1,190,585

1,087,655

102,930

91.4

8.6

1 Includes HE level students taught in Higher Education and Further Education establishments. Notes: 1. Enrolment numbers have been rounded to the nearest five, percentages to the nearest 0.1 per cent. 2. Proportions are based upon figures calculated on a snapshot basis as at 1 December. 3. Figures cover postgraduate and undergraduate students on full-time and part-time courses. Source: The Universities Statistical Record (USR) and the English Education Department.

Number and proportion of higher education enrolments at English higher education institutions by domicile academic years 1994-95 to 2005-06

Number

Percentage

All enrolments

English domiciles

Other UK domiciles

Other EU domiciles

Non-EU overseas domicile

English domiciles

Other UK domiciles1

Other EU domiciles

Non-EU overseas domiciles

1994-95

1,277,165

1,058,755

93,390

49,130

75,890

82.9

7.3

3.8

5.9

1995-96

1,409,700

1,183,555

74,420

65,130

86,595

84.0

5.3

4.6

6.1

1996-97

1,431,760

1,202,975

75,100

67,120

86,565

84.0

5.2

4.7

6.0

1997-98

1,465,775

1,221,615

77,020

74,400

92,740

83.3

5.3

5.1

6.3

1998-99

1,503,585

1,257,945

73,325

79,435

92,875

83.7

4.9

5.3

6.2

1999-2000

1,510,545

1,260,215

73,190

79,640

97,500

83.4

4.8

5.3

6.5

2000-01

1,552,700

1,288,985

77,405

79,270

107,040

83.0

5.0

5.1

6.9

2001-02

1,594,365

1,326,030

76,510

73,890

117,940

83.2

4.8

4.6

7.4

2002-03

1,677,535

1,382,895

79,490

72,490

142,660

82.4

4.7

4.3

8.5

2003-04

1,755,430

1,439,380

84,020

70,775

161,250

82.0

4.8

4.0

9.2

2004-05

1,800,675

1,469,950

88,615

78,365

163,750

81.6

4.9

4.4

9.1

2005-06

1,814,865

1,478.295

88,970

82,625

164,975

81.5

4.9

4.6

9.1

1 1994-5 was the first year the HESA student record was collected. As such there were a higher number of UK students unknown domicile'. In 1994-05 the proportion was 3.0 per cent. whereas in 1995-06 the proportion was 0.8 per cent. Notes: 1 Enrolment numbers have been rounded to the nearest 5, percentages to the nearest 0.1 per cent. 2. Proportions are based upon figures calculated on a snapshot basis as at the 1 December to maintain a consistent time series across all years. 3. Figures cover Postgraduate and Undergraduate students on full-time and part-time courses. Source: The Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA).

International students bring an international perspective to our campuses, they help maintain the UK's world class research base, and they provide a valuable source of income for our universities and indeed for the economy more widely. The "Global Value" report published by the British Council in September estimated that the total value of international HE students to the UK economy was in the region of £5 billion per year.

The growth in international students is not at the expense of home and EU students. Student numbers from those domiciled in the UK and the EU have also grown. There is no question of UK students being squeezed out of the market by international students. International students are recruited in addition to the home (UK and other EU) students, whose places are subsidised by the Higher Education Funding Councils. International students pay the full cost of their tuition.