Higher Education: Admissions

Children, Schools and Families written question – answered on 5th February 2010.

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Photo of Michael Gove Michael Gove Shadow Secretary of State (Children, Schools and Families)

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many pupils eligible for free school meals took up a place at each university in the latest year for which figures are available.

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

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The figures in the table show pupils who were in receipt of free school meals who were in English maintained schools and aged 15 at the start of the 2002/03 academic year who progressed to HE by the age of 19 (in 2006/07) by higher education institution.

These figures have been estimated using matched data from the National Pupil Database, the Higher Education Statistics Agency Student Record and the Learning and Skills Council Individualised Learner Record. 2005/06 is the earliest year for which these figures are available. Figures for 2007/08 will be available later in 2010.

Estimates of the number of free school meal pupils aged 15 in 2002/03 academic year, in English maintained schools, who progressed to HE by the age of 19 in 2006/07, by higher education institution
Higher education institution FSM pupils
The Open University 125
Bishop Grosseteste University College -
Lincoln 10
Buckinghamshire New University 70
Central School of Speech and Drama -
University of Chester 75
Canterbury Christ Church University 50
York St John University 20
University College Plymouth St Mark and St John 10
Dartington College of Arts 5
Edge Hill University 110
University College Falmouth 10
Harper Adams University College -
The University of Winchester 25
Liverpool Hope University 95
University of the Arts, London 90
University of Bedfordshire 120
The University of Northampton 50
Newman College of Higher Education 35
Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication 20
Roehampton University 125
Rose Bruford College -
Royal Academy of Music 0
Royal College of Music 0
Royal Northern College of Music -
Southampton Solent University 75
St Martin's College 45
St Mary's University College, Twickenham 30
Leeds Trinity and All Saints 35
Trinity Laban 0
The University of Worcester 25
Anglia Ruskin University 70
Bath Spa University 25
The University of Bolton 55
Bournemouth University 60
The University of Brighton 85
Birmingham City University 250
The University of Central Lancashire 215
University of Gloucestershire 35
Coventry University 170
University of Derby 105
The University of East London 235
The University of Greenwich 275
University of Hertfordshire 280
The University of Huddersfield 185
The University of Lincoln 55
Kingston University 350
Leeds Metropolitan University 190
Liverpool John Moores University 275
The Manchester Metropolitan University 415
Middlesex University 290
De Montfort University 215
The University of Northumbria at Newcastle 110
The Nottingham Trent University 135
Oxford Brookes University 30
The University of Plymouth 105
The University of Portsmouth 85
Sheffield Hallam University 195
London South Bank University 185
Staffordshire University 50
The University of Sunderland 100
The University of Teesside 130
Thames Valley University 120
University of the West of England, Bristol 85
The University of Chichester 25
The University of Westminster 420
The University of Wolverhampton 295
The University of Wales, Newport 10
The North-East Wales Institute of Higher Education 10
University of Wales Institute, Cardiff 5
University of Glamorgan 15
Swansea Institute of Higher Education 5
Trinity College, Carmarthen -
University of Abertay Dundee 0
Edinburgh College of Art -
Glasgow School of Art -
Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh -
The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama 0
The Robert Gordon University -
The University of Paisley 0
Glasgow Caledonian University -
Napier University -
Aston University 95
The University of Bath 15
The University of Birmingham 100
The University of Bradford 220
The University of Bristol 20
Brunel University 190
The University of Cambridge 20
The City University 160
University of Durham 30
The University of East Anglia 35
The University of Essex 70
The University of Exeter 15
The University of Hull 75
The University of Keele 50
The University of Kent 75
The University of Lancaster 40
The University of Leeds 105
The University of Leicester 55
The University of Liverpool 90
Birkbeck College 10
Goldsmiths College 100
Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine 45
Institute of Education 0
King's College London 120
London School of Economics and Political Science 30
Queen Mary and Westfield College 250
Royal Holloway and Bedford New College 35
The Royal Veterinary College -
St George's Hospital Medical School 25
The School of Oriental and African Studies 35
The School of Pharmacy 15
University College London 50
University of London (Institutes and activities) 0
Loughborough University 50
The University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne 35
The University of Nottingham 55
The University of Oxford 25
The University of Reading 40
The University of Salford 155
The University of Sheffield 55
The University of Southampton 45
The University of Surrey 35
The University of Sussex 35
The University of Warwick 30
The University of York 15
The University of Edinburgh -
The University of Glasgow -
The University of Strathclyde -
The University of Aberdeen 10
Heriot-Watt University 5
The University of Dundee 5
The University of St Andrews 5
The University of Stirling 10
Scottish Agricultural College 0
The University of Wales, Lampeter 5
Aberystwyth University 30
Bangor University 20
Cardiff University 20
Swansea University 15
Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama -
The Queen's University of Belfast -
University of Ulster 5
Writtle College 5
Norwich School of Art and Design 5
Cumbria Institute of the Arts 10
St. Mary's University College 0
Royal Agricultural College 0
UHI Millennium Institute -
The Arts Institute at Bournemouth 5
Bell College -
Conservatoire for Dance and Drama -
Birmingham College of Food, Tourism and Creative Studies 55
Courtauld Institute of Art 0
London Metropolitan University 315
The University of Buckingham -
The University of Manchester 145
Heythrop College -
The University College for the Creative Arts 40
Leeds College of Music 0
Guildhall School of Music and Drama 0
The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts 5

1. All figures are estimates and have been rounded to the nearest five, figures less than five are shown as '-', zero counts are shown as '0'.

2. The figures for FSM pupils are based on those recorded as such on Pupil Level Census 2003/04. As this is a snapshot of pupils in one year, this will exclude pupils who claimed free school meals in previous years. Also some parents may choose not to apply for FSM.

3. Children from these families who progress to HE institutions would not be included in the table.


Matched data from the National Pupil Database, the Higher Education Statistics Agency Student Record and the Learning and Skills Council Individualised Learner Record.

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