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Higher Education

Volume 498: debated on Monday 26 October 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how much his Department and its predecessors spent on increasing the retention rate in higher education in each of the last five years. (294328)

In addition to its core teaching funding, the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) provides institutions with additional funding to help support student retention. The total amounts for the last five academic years are as follows:

£

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

2008-09

Full Time Students

159,353,247

166,640,907

184,128,520

188,582,804

192,875,340

Part Time Students

53,883,613

54,283,169

55,763,058

57,351,573

60,292,489

Source:

Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE)

We maintain very good completion rates for first degrees—OECD statistics show that the UK ranks third of 27 countries. This has been achieved and maintained during aperiod when higher education has been opened up to both increased numbers and a greater diversity of students.