Skip to main content

Student Numbers

Volume 485: debated on Thursday 18 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many full-time equivalent student places have been created in each year since 1992. (233991)

Information is not available on the number of full-time equivalent student places that have been created in each year since 1992. However information is available on the increase in the number of students enrolled on courses at English higher education institutions and is shown in the following tables.

Figures are not available on a comparable basis prior to the 1994/95 academic year.

The latest period for which figures are available is the 2006/07 academic year; figures for the 2007/08 academic year will be available in late January 2009.

Enrolments1 and increases to higher education courses by mode of study. English higher education institutions. 1994/95 to 1997/98 academic yearsYear on year increaseYear on year increaseAcademic yearFull-time enrolmentsNumberProportion (percentage) Part-time EnrolmentsNumberProportion percentage)1994/95870,465——406,700——1995/962 900,03029,5653.4509,670102,97025.31996/973 922,89022,8602.5508,870-800-0.21997/98943,96521,0702.3521,81012,9452.5 1 Figures cover enrolments from all domiciles to undergraduate and postgraduate courses. 2 The large increase in part-time enrolments in the 1995/96 academic year is due to three factors—two institutions transferred from the FE sector to the HE sector, a number of nursing colleges merged with HEIs and several institutions recorded certain types of part-time study for the first time. 3 The decrease in part-time enrolments in the 1996/97 academic year is due to the Open University providing a split between part-time first year students and other year students for the first time. Students taking Open University credits were all returned as studying at undergraduate level, although some were studying postgraduate level courses. This has the effect of reducing part-time postgraduate numbers. Note: 1. Figures are on a DIUS snapshot basis as at 1 December to maintain a consistent time series across all years and exclude students on writing up, sabbatical and dormant modes of study. 2. Numbers are rounded to the nearest five and proportions are rounded to one decimal place. Source: Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) Student Record.

From the 1998/99 academic year and onwards the methodology for counting students was changed from a snapshot (census date) to a whole year count (students active in the academic year) in order to better record students following non traditional enrolment patterns. Therefore the figures in the following table are on a different basis to those in the aforementioned table.

Enrolments1 and increases to higher education courses by mode of study. English higher education institutions. 1998/99 to 2006/07 academic years

Year on year increase

Year on year increase

Academic year

Full-time enrolments

Number

Proportion

(percentage)

Part-time Enrolments

Number

Proportion (percentage)

1998/99

967,130

631,160

1999/2000

968,640

1,510

0.2

654,975

23,810

3.8

2000/01

984,150

15,510

1.6

672,550

17,580

2.7

2001/02

1,018,115

33,965

3.5

708,725

36,175

5.4

2002/03

1,072,170

54,055

5.3

735,495

26,765

3.8

2003/04

1,111,540

39,370

3.7

756,880

21,385

2.9

2004/05

1,135,780

24,245

2.2

760,045

3,165

0.4

2005/06

1,173,550

37,770

3.3

762,870

2,825

0.4

2006/07

1,187,635

14,085

1.2

769,555

6,685

0.9

1 Figures cover enrolments from all domiciles to undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

Note:

Figures are on a HESA Standard Registration Population (SRP) basis. Numbers are rounded to the nearest five and proportions are rounded to one decimal place.

Source:

Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) Student Record.