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Higher Education: Finance

Volume 507: debated on Tuesday 16 March 2010

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many first year undergraduate places in universities the Government plan to fund in academic year 2010-11; and if he will make a statement. (322275)

Our grant letter to Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) this year confirmed additional teaching grant funding for the equivalent of an extra 10,000 full-time-equivalent places in 2010-11. We did not specify whether these Additional Student Numbers should be full or part time, undergraduate or postgraduate, but HEFCE estimate that this will result in around 4,000 additional HEFCE funded full-time first year entrants.

Data on the 2010-11 student population, including the number of first year undergraduate entrants, will be published early in 2012.