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Higher Education: Russell Group

Volume 498: debated on Monday 26 October 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of pupils in state education at the age of 17 years who subsequently studied at Russell Group universities in the latest period for which information is available. (295585)

The information is not currently available in the form requested. There may be possibilities for deriving a valid progression statistic for 17-year-olds from the matched Higher Education Statistics, National Pupil dataset and Individual Learning Record but such analysis has not been carried out to date. Developing a sufficiently robust approach and quality assuring the results could be completed only at disproportionate cost. Therefore, the following figures have been provided as an alternative.

Figures from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) show in the 2007-08 academic year, 35,390 18-year-old full-time undergraduate entrants whose previous institution was either a state school or FE college attended Russell Group HE institutions in the UK. This equates to 25 per cent. of all 18-year-old full-time undergraduate entrants to HE from state schools or FE colleges. Figures for the 2008-09 academic year will be available in January 2010.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the proportion of pupils from each socio-economic group in state secondary education who subsequently studied at Russell Group universities in the latest period for which information is available. (295586)

It is estimated that 6 per cent. of young people who were in English maintained schools and aged 15 at the start of academic year 2002-03, progressed to HE at a Russell Group institution by the age of 19 (in 2006-07).

The following table shows the composition of this group by each socio-economic group. Figures for 2007-08 will be available in 2010.

Pupils aged 15 at the start of the 2002-03 academic year, in English maintained schools, who progressed to HE at a Russell Group institution by the age of 19 in 2006-07: Socio-economic breakdown

Socio-economic classification

Proportion (percentage)

Higher managerial and professional occupations

25

Lower managerial and professional occupations

28

Intermediate occupations

11

Small employers and own account workers

5

Lower supervisory and technical occupations

3

Semi-routine occupations

7

Routine occupations

3

Missing1

18

1 Includes those classified as missing, not classified and never worked and long term unemployed.

Source:

Matched data from the National Pupil Database, the Higher Education Statistics Agency Student Record and the Learning and Skills Council Individualised Learner Record.