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Higher Education: Admissions

Volume 494: debated on Monday 22 June 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 3 June 2009, Official Report, column 580W, on higher education: admissions, what information his Department holds on household incomes of those domiciled in the UK who are (a) university applicants and (b) undergraduate students. (278872)

University applicants are not required to provide details of their household income. However, if undergraduate students apply for means-tested student finance they are required to submit household income details. Complete information on household incomes is not held because some apply for non means-tested support, and household income details are not required for such products.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what percentage of young people living in (a) Tameside and (b) Stockport entered university in each of the last 10 years. (279762)

The latest information on the number of young undergraduate entrants from Tameside and Stockport local authorities is shown in the table. Figures for the 2008/09 academic year will be available in January 2010.

Young1 undergraduate entrants2 from Tameside and Stockport local authorities3—UK higher education institutions4, academic years 1998/99 to 2007/08

Academic year

Stockport

Tameside

1998/99

1,300

570

1999/00

1,370

660

2000/01

1,285

675

2001/02

1,380

695

2002/03

1,450

735

2003/04

1,385

760

2004/05

1,475

765

2005/06

1,580

865

2006/07

1,495

790

2007/08

1,480

785

1 “Young” refers to entrants aged under 21. 2 Covers entrants to both full-time and part-time courses. 3 Local authority is derived from postcode as recorded on the HESA student record. Those with missing or invalid postcodes will be coded as missing. 4 Excludes the Open University due to inconsistencies in their coding of entrants across the time series. Notes: 1. Figures are on a snapshot basis as at 1 December to provide consistency across the time series. 2. Figures have been rounded to the nearest five. Source: Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA).

It is not possible to calculate what proportion of young people from Tameside and Stockport local authorities began an undergraduate course at a UK higher education institution in recent years. The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) published “Young participation in higher education” in January 2005, which is available from the HEFCE website at:

http://www.hefce.ac.uk/pubs/hefce/2005/05_03/

The HEFCE report shows participation rates for young people who enter higher education aged 18 or 19 disaggregated by local education authority (LEA) for the years 1997 to 2000.

At national level, the Higher Education Initial Participation Rate (HEIPR) covers English-domiciled 17 to 30-year-old first-time entrants to higher education courses, at UK higher education institutions and English, Scottish and Welsh further education colleges, who remain on their course for at least six months. The latest available figure is 43.3 per cent. in 2007/08. For young people (aged 17-20), the figure is 34.2 per cent.