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Graduates: Personal Records

Volume 473: debated on Thursday 13 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what personal details his Department holds on graduates who received their degrees since 1997; and if he will make a statement. (186617)

Under the terms of terms of a formal agreement with the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) the Department has access to information on graduates who successfully complete their courses each year. The data include personal information on family name, forenames, family name on 16th birthday, date of birth, gender, ethnicity, disability, nationality, socio-economic background, and home postcode. In addition, for students domiciled in Northern Ireland and studying in Northern Ireland, information is available on religion, marital status, and whether they have dependents, and for Welsh domiciled students studying in Wales, whether they are Welsh speakers.