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Higher Education: Medicine

Volume 477: debated on Thursday 12 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what proportion of students entering medical education for training leading to qualification as a doctor were from an ethnic minority background in each of the last five years; and what proportion of students entered medical education leading to qualification as a doctor under the extended medical degree programme and other widening participation schemes in each of the last five years. (207711)

[holding answer 2 June 2008]: I refer the hon. Member to the reply given to him on 12 June in response to his question PQ 207688.

Table 1 shows the ethnicity of entrants to medical courses over the last five years.

Table 1: UK Domiciled medical1 entrants by ethnicity—English higher education institutions, academic years 2002-03 to 2006-07

Academic year

White background

Ethnic minority background

Total with known ethnicity

Number

2Proportion %

Number

2Proportion %

Number

2Proportion %

2002-03

5,030

69.2

2,235

30.8

7,265

100.0

2003-04

5,555

69.8

2,405

30.2

7,960

100.0

2004-05

5,790

69.0

2,605

31.0

8,395

100.0

2005-06

5,945

67.8

2,830

32.2

8,775

100.0

2006-07

6,095

67.5

2,940

32.5

9,040

100.0

Academic yearInformation refusedNot known/missingTotal

Number

2Proportion %

Number

2Proportion %

Number

2Proportion %

2002-03

685

8.2

370

4.4

8,320

100.0

2003-04

605

6.7

450

5.0

9,075

100.0

2004-05

400

4.4

435

4.7

9,230

100.0

2005-06

465

4.9

345

3.6

9,590

100.0

2006-07

465

4.8

230

2.3

9,730

100.0

1Medical includes students enrolled on the principal subjects Pre-Clinical Medicine and Clinical Medicine only. 2Ethnicity proportions are calculated using the total with known ethnicity. Information refused and not known/missing proportions are calculated using the overall total. Notes: Figures are on a HESA Standard Registration Population basis and have been rounded to the nearest five. Source: Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) Student Record.