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Higher Education: Leeds

Volume 502: debated on Wednesday 16 December 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many students from Leeds city area (a) attended university courses and (b) received student loans to attend university courses in each year since 1996-97. (306593)

The latest figures from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) on enrolments from the Leeds local authority area are as follows:

Table 1: Enrolments1 from Leeds local authority, UK higher education institutions2

Academic year

Enrolments

1996/97

15,055

1997/98

15,295

1998/99

16,765

1999/2000

16,890

2000/01

17,145

2001/02

17,510

2002/03

17,970

2003/04

17,875

2004/05

18,610

2005/06

19,060

2006/07

19,255

2007/08

18,850

1 Covers enrolments to both full-time and part-time undergraduate and postgraduate courses. This includes study on all years of courses, not just new entrants.

2 Excludes the Open university due to inconsistencies in their data across the time series.

Note:

Figures are based on a snapshot count as at 1 December to maintain consistency across the time series.

Source:

Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA).

The number of student loan borrowers from the Leeds local authority area is as follows.

Table 2: Income contingent student loans 2000/01 to 2008/091

Academic year

Student loan borrowers

2000/01

6,840

2001/02

8,090

2002/03

8,480

2003/04

8,680

2004/05

8,670

2005/06

9,050

2006/07

9,670

2007/08

10,200

2008/09 (Provisional)

10,680

1 Consistent data are not available before academic year 2000/01. Figures exclude the older mortgage style loans, and cover loans for maintenance and tuition fees.

Source:

Student Loans Company.

Data from the two sources (HESA and SLC) are not directly comparable because certain students and courses (for example post graduate courses) included in Table 1 do not attract student support. Additionally, Table 2 provides those who have taken out loans, but does not include those who may have received student support in the form of a grant such as students from lower income families or those who study part-time courses.