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University Places

Volume 487: debated on Thursday 29 January 2009

18. To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many university places were available at the start of the academic year (a) 2007-08 and (b) 2008-09. (252532)

There continues to be strong growth in student numbers. There were 1,505,000 students enrolled at higher education institutions at the beginning of 2007/08. UCAS suggests an increase of around 7.4 per cent. in English-domiciled applicants who have been accepted on to full-time undergraduate courses for 2008/09. We are providing full funding for 30,000 more places in 2009-10 than we did in 2007-08.