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Higher Education: Admissions

Volume 504: debated on Thursday 28 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which constituency had the highest number of its residents attending a university in each year since 1997. (313491)

I have been asked to reply.

Using data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), it is possible to identify how many students entered HE from each parliamentary constituency. In each year from 1997/98, with the exception of 2007/08, Bristol West had the highest number of entrants to UK Higher Education Institutions. In 2007/08, Hornsey and Wood Green had the highest number of entrants.

Care should be exercised when interpreting this analysis as the number of entrants is not matched against the underlying population in these constituencies, and there are cases in which the constituency of the student cannot be established due to missing or invalid postcode information.