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Students: Milton Keynes

Volume 503: debated on Thursday 7 January 2010

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many students resident in the Milton Keynes area (a) attended university courses and (b) received student loans to attend university courses in each year since 1997. (308089)

The latest available information from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) on enrolments from Milton Keynes local authority is shown in table 1. Figures for the 2008/09 academic year will be available in January 2010.

Table 1: Enrolments1 from Milton Keynes local authority, UK higher education institutions2, academic year 1997/98 to 2007/08

Academic year

Enrolments

1997/98

3,745

1998/99

3,935

1999/2000

4,005

2000/01

4,020

2001/02

4,250

2002/03

4,400

2003/04

4,650

2004/05

4,880

2005/06

5,055

2006/07

5,185

2007/08

5,250

1 Covers enrolments to both full-time and part-time undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

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

Note:

Figures are based on a snapshot count as at 1 December to maintain consistency across the time series and have been rounded to the nearest five.

Source:

Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA).

Data from the Student Loans Company on the number of student loan borrowers from Milton Keynes are shown in table 2.

Table 2: Income contingent student loan borrowers, 2001/02 to 2008/091

Academic year

Students receiving loans

2001/02

2,500

2002/03

2,700

2003/04

3,000

2004/05

3,100

2005/06

3,300

2006/07

3,400

2007/08

3,600

2008/09

3,800

1 Consistent data are not available before 2001/02. Figures cover income contingent loans for maintenance and tuition fees. Older mortgage style loans are excluded.

Source:

Student Loans Company.

Data from the two sources (HESA and SLC) are not directly comparable because certain students and courses (for example postgraduate 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.