Higher Education

Education and Skills written question – answered on 1st September 2004.

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Photo of Ms Lorna Fitzsimons Ms Lorna Fitzsimons Labour, Rochdale

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what percentage of people from the constituency of Rochdale have participated in higher education in each year since 1997; and what percentage are of South Asian descent.

Photo of Alan Johnson Alan Johnson Minister of State (Education and Skills) (Lifelong Learning, Further and Higher Education)

Participation rates are not calculated by the Department for each parliamentary constituency. The available information covering students domiciled in Rochdale constituency who are enrolled on a higher education course is given in the table. Enrolments by those of South Asian descent are not held centrally. The available information covers those of Asian descent.

Number(39) of HE enrolments at UK HE institutions by students domiciled in Rochdale constituency and the percentage of Asian(40) descent
Of which:
Academic year HE students from Rochdale Number with known ethnicity Percentage Asian descent
1997/98 1,880 1,640 26
1998/99 1,935 1,695 27
1999/2000 2,155 1,925 28
2000/01 2,205 1,995 29
2001/02(41) 2,435 2,210 30
2002/03 2,570 2,395 32

(39) Figures are rounded to the nearest 0 or 5.

(40) "Asian" includes the ethnic categories "Asian or Asian British—Indian, Asian or Asian British—Bangladeshi", "Asian or Asian British—Pakistani", Chinese/Other Ethnic Background—Chinese', "Other Asian Background" and for 2001/02 onwards, "Mixed—White and Asian".

(41) In 2001/02 a more detailed ethnicity categorisation was introduced by HESA which included new codes for those of mixed ethnicity. Prior to 2001/02 we do not know if those in the category "Mixed—White and Asian" would have classed themselves in the "white" category or in one of the Asian categories. Thus, figures for 2001/02 onwards may not be directly comparable with those for earlier years.


Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA).

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