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Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Higher Education: Egypt (30 Jun 2014)

David Willetts: I am keen that UK universities broaden their engagement with their Egyptian counterparts in recognition of the country’s growing research strengths. The newly created UK-Egypt Newton-Mosharafa Fund presents a real opportunity to take UK-Egypt institutional engagement to another level, by investing £20 million over five years in a bilateral partnership focused on science, research,...

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Overseas Students (30 Jun 2014)

David Willetts: As highlighted in the International Education Strategy, there is no cap on the number of genuine overseas students who can come to the UK, nor do we have plans to introduce one. This has been reaffirmed by the Prime Minister. Government and the sector are taking every opportunity to promote the warm welcome the UK extends to international students, notably using the “Britain is GREAT”...

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Research Councils: Finance (30 Jun 2014)

David Willetts: The BIS funding for research (i) projects and (ii) facilities that has been allocated in the financial years since 2010-11 is set out in the table below. There is no capital funding of research projects or resource funding of research facilities. Research is taken to mean funding for projects at similar technology readiness levels (TRL) to those managed by research councils. As a result, this...

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Vocational Training (26 Jun 2014)

David Willetts: We are creating a system of vocational training to enable everyone to achieve their potential. We are on track to deliver 2 million apprenticeship starts. We have introduced traineeships for young people, we are supporting national colleges for key sectors and technologies and of course more than half of university students are doing a course that leads directly to a profession.

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Vocational Training (26 Jun 2014)

David Willetts: I met Doug Richards in a very upbeat mood only half an hour ago, and I can assure my hon. Friend that we agree with Doug Richards that employers should purchase apprenticeship training. We want providers to respond to businesses, not to Government. We have consulted widely on how to make that happen. We will publish details of our preferred payment mechanism and next steps in the autumn.

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Vocational Training (26 Jun 2014)

David Willetts: The Government believe in promoting apprenticeships across the public sector. Figures published today show an increase in the number of apprenticeships in that crucial age group.

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Vocational Training (26 Jun 2014)

David Willetts: We have had a range of reactions to our consultation, and the national bodies that represent businesses strongly support the proposals that we and in particular my excellent colleague the Minister for Skills and Enterprise are putting forward.

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Vocational Training (26 Jun 2014)

David Willetts: Let me be clear: we are committed to helping disabled students. We will expect universities to do more to discharge their direct responsibilities to disabled students. Often, improved provision by universities is a better way of helping disabled students than funding to individual students. We will maintain strong support for disabled students.

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Life Sciences (26 Jun 2014)

David Willetts: We are promoting research and development, innovation and manufacturing so the UK is a global leader in life sciences. Businesses in life sciences have announced more than £2 billion of investment since our strategy was launched.

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Life Sciences (26 Jun 2014)

David Willetts: I remember vividly that visit last month and congratulate my hon. Friend on his very good working relationships with local employers. He is right that our life sciences strategy is not simply about research and development, important though that is. It is also about supporting high-tech manufacturing and promoting more of that in the UK.

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Life Sciences (26 Jun 2014)

David Willetts: A major change is happening in the structure of the life sciences industry, with it moving away from having large, in-house R and D facilities. That trend is happening around the world. We have been particularly successful in this country in making sure that as that happens we promote alternative investment, and we are now seeing—for example, in the facility that Pfizer operated in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Foreign Direct Investment (26 Jun 2014)

David Willetts: UK Trade & Investment is promoting a highly competitive corporation tax regime, seeking investment in regeneration and infrastructure and emphasising the quality of our research base, all of which make us the best place in Europe to do business.

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Foreign Direct Investment (26 Jun 2014)

David Willetts: Our flexible labour market is one of the many reasons that foreign investors are keen to invest in the UK and we can always pursue that important agenda further. The latest independent assessment shows that the UK was the most successful country in Europe in attracting inward investment.

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Topical Questions (26 Jun 2014)

David Willetts: Let us be clear. We are consulting widely on these changes. The main change is that people should only be supported with extra services, rather than, for example, getting laptops indiscriminately, as they do at the moment. We are talking directly to the representative groups involved and students will not lose out by these changes.

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Disabled Students' Allowances (26 Jun 2014)

David Willetts: Higher education institutions already have a duty to make reasonable adjustments for disabled students under the Equality Act 2010. The recently announced changes consider how the balance of responsibility between reasonable adjustments and support provided through disabled students allowances (DSAs) should change. DSAs will remain available for students to complement the reasonable...

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Disabled Students' Allowances: Warrington (26 Jun 2014)

David Willetts: Information on students awarded and paid Disabled Students’ Allowance is published annually by Student Loans Company (SLC) in the Statistical First Release ‘Student Support for Higher Education England’. The latest statistics are available at the following link: http://www.slc.co.uk/media/694170/slcsfr052013.pdf A further breakdown for Warrington North constituency and Warrington LEA...

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Higher Education: Student Wastage (26 Jun 2014)

David Willetts: No estimate of retention rates at alternative providers has yet been made. The designation conditions that apply from 2014/15 onwards require alternative providers to provide a data return to the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA). These data once available will help inform BIS decisions on designations and enable the Department to estimate retention rates across the sector.

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Overseas Students: EU Nationals (26 Jun 2014)

David Willetts: Statistics on student support expenditure are published annually by the Student Loans Company (SLC) in the Statistical First Release ‘Student Support for Higher Education in England’. The latest statistics, published in November 2013, are available at the following link: http://www.slc.co.uk/media/694170/slcsfr052013.pdf The value of tuition fee loans issued to borrowers domiciled in the...

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Students: Loans (26 Jun 2014)

David Willetts: We estimate the RAB charge on student loans issued after 2012 to be around 45%. We estimate the RAB charge for loans issued to part-time students to be around 65%. We do not estimate a separate RAB charge for students at Alternative Providers. The 2012 impact assessment on the introduction of 24+ Advanced Learning Loans stated that we anticipated this RAB charge would be 60% of the total loan...

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Higher Education: Dartford (25 Jun 2014)

David Willetts: Information on the number of UCAS applicants from Dartford constituency is shown in the following table: UCAS applicants aged under 211 and 21 and over to full-time undergraduate courses from Dartford constituency   Year of entry   2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 Under 21 705 800 845 740 835 21 and over 1,205 1,225 1,245 1,130 1,085 1 This analysis uses country...


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