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Higher Education: Admissions

Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 28th June 2012.

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Photo of Elizabeth Truss Elizabeth Truss Conservative, South West Norfolk

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills

(1) how many and what proportion of pupils in the (a) poorest and (b) richest one per cent of areas entered (i) any university, (ii) a Russell Group university and (iii) Oxbridge in the last year for which figures are available;

(2) how many and what proportion of pupils in the (a) poorest and (b) richest 10 per cent of areas entered (i) any university, (ii) a Russell Group university and (iii) Oxbridge in the last year for which figures are available.

Photo of David Willetts David Willetts Minister of State (Universities and Science)

The information requested is not available centrally. The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) publication “Widening Participation in Higher Education”, August 2011 shows proportions of maintained school pupils who entered higher education by local authority area.

http://www.bis.gov.uk/analysis/statistics/higher-education/official-statistics-releases/widening-participation-in-higher-education/analysis-of-progression-rates-for-young-people-in-england-by-free-school-meal-receipt

The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) publication “Trends in young participation in higher education” of January 2010 gives information on participation for areas classified by participation rates. This shows, for cohorts from the late 2000s, typically fewer than one in five young people from the most disadvantaged 20% of areas enter higher education, compared to more than one in two from the most advantaged 20% of areas.

http://www.hefce.ac.uk/pubs/year/2010/201003/

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