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Departmental Public Participation

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 6 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what (a) surveys, (b) questionnaires and (c) other services were provided by polling companies for his Department in financial year 2007-08, broken down by company. (200008)

The Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills was created as a result of machinery of government changes on 28 June, 2007.

From that date to the end of the financial year, the following services have been provided by polling companies for the Department. The research has informed the Department's information campaign to ensure potential students are aware of the financial support that is available.

Company name:

Type of research:

Continental Research

Two quantitative survey based projects

Define Research and Insight Ltd.

Three qualitative, focus group based research projects


Two quantitative survey based projects. One to measure student and parent satisfaction with the student finance service and further work to inform the information campaign.

Seventy 2 Point

One qualitative survey based research project.

In addition to this SHM Ltd. organized five small “Student Jury” events (14-15 students per event) with current students to inform the work of the National Student Forum.