Students: Disabled

Innovation, Universities and Skills written question – answered on 7th October 2008.

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Photo of Maria Miller Maria Miller Shadow Minister (Children, Young People and Families)

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many and what proportion of students classified as having a (a) hearing and (b) vision impairment (i) applied to and (ii) were admitted into university in each of the last 10 years.

Photo of David Lammy David Lammy Minister of State (Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills) (Higher Education & Intellectual Property)

The latest available information from the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) is shown in the tables. Comparable figures for 2008 entry will be available in February 2009.

Table 1: UK domiciled applicants to full-time undergraduate courses by disability, 1998 to 2007 years of entry
Year of entry Blind/partially sighted( 1) Deaf/partial hearing( 1)
Number Percentage of total applicants Number Percentage of total applicants
1998 401 0.1 726 0.2
1999 401 0.1 728 0.2
2000 456 0.1 793 0.2
2001 598 0.1 868 0.2
2002 602 0.1 875 0.2
2003 641 0.2 900 0.2
2004 604 0.2 897 0.2
2005 707 0.2 1,078 0.2
2006 779 0.2 1,211 0.3
2007 711 0.2 1,210 0.3
(1) Applicants who are blind/partially sighted or deaf/partial hearing may be counted in the category of 2+ disabilities, therefore such applicants are excluded from the above figures.

Source:

Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

Table 2: UK domiciled accepted applicants to full-time undergraduate courses by disability, 1998 to 2007 years of entry
Year of entry Blind/partially sighted( 1) Deaf/partial hearing( 1)
Number Percentage of total applicants Number Percentage of total applicants
1998 293 0.1 544 0.2
1999 312 0.1 559 0.2
2000 370 0.1 621 0.2
2001 467 0.1 696 0.2
2002 501 0.2 709 0.2
2003 507 0.2 715 0.2
2004 470 0.1 722 0.2
2005 558 0.2 854 0.2
2006 589 0.2 927 0.3
2007 539 0.1 930 0.3
(1) Accepted applicants who are blind/partially sighted or deaf/partial hearing may be counted in the category of 2+ disabilities, therefore such accepted applicants are excluded from the above figures.

Source:

Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

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