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Student Finance Direct

Mr. Willetts: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps he has taken to remedy the (a) administrative problems at and (b) problems caused for customers by the new Student Finance Direct body. [109794]

Bill Rammell: Those students who applied to the Student Loans Company on time with correctly completed application forms were paid on time, but a number of improvements to processes and customer service provision have been identified and already put in place to improve the service offered. We have already started the process of evaluating the performance of the pilot unit in order to learn lessons to improve the service given to students next year.

Mr. Willetts: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of (a) administrative and (b) customer-facing problems of the Student Finance Direct body. [110199]

Bill Rammell: I refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave today, in response to parliamentary question number 109794.

Student Statistics

Shona McIsaac: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students from (a) North East and (b) North Lincolnshire local education authority (i) attended university courses and (ii) received student loans to attend university in each year since 1997. [110033]

Bill Rammell: The information is as follows.


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Numbers of students on undergraduate courses at UK higher education institutions and numbers of students in receipt of an income-contingent student loan—students domiciled in North East Lincolnshire and North Lincolnshire local authority areas—academic years 1997/98 to 2005/06
North East Lincolnshire LA North Lincolnshire LA
Academic year Number of students( 1,2) Number of students receiving an income-contingent loan( 1,3) Number of students( 1,2) Number of students receiving an income-contingent loan( 1,3)

1997/98

2,365

n/a

2,730

n/a

1998/99

2,530

n/a

2,885

n/a

1999/2000

2,510

1,040

2,995

1,240

2000/01

2,540

1,500

3,245

1,810

2001/02

2,385

1,725

3,260

2,070

2002/03

2,435

1,760

3,320

2,100

2003/04

2,560

2,045

3,260

2,190

2004/05

2,695

2,035

2,995

2,130

2005/06 (provisional)

n/a

2,080

n/a

2,085

(1) Figures are for students domiciled in the North East Lincolnshire and North Lincolnshire local education authorities. They are rounded to the nearest 5 students.
(2) Source—Higher Education Statistics Agency. Figures are on a snapshot basis as at 1st December in each year. They cover student enrolments on Part-time and Full-time modes of study on all undergraduate courses. They exclude students on Writing Up, Sabbatical and Dormant modes of study.
(3) Source—Student Loans Company. Figures include all students in receipt of an income-contingent maintenance loan.

Figures for student numbers for 2005/06 will be available in January 2007.

Supervised Contact

Helen Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much was allocated by his Department and bodies for which it is responsible to fund centres run by charitable and voluntary organisations where supervised contact takes place in the last year for which figures are available. [109150]

Mr. Dhanda: In 2006-07, £1.4 million was allocated by the Department for Education and Skills to fund supervised child contact centres run by charitable and voluntary organisations.

Tuition Fees

Mr. Waterson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what percentage of students have their university tuition fees paid in (a) full and (b) part by their local education authority. [110356]

Bill Rammell: The number and percentage of English domiciled students in academic year 2005-06 who had their tuition fees paid in full or in part are given in the table.

Number of students( 1) Percentage of students( 1)

Students in receipt of full fee support

315,000

43

Students in receipt of partial fee support

92,000

13

(1) Numbers are rounded to the nearest thousand; percentages are rounded to the nearest whole number. Source: Student Loans Company (SLC).

Data do not include those students who decide not to apply to the SLC for any student support.

In 2005-06, students on full-time undergraduate courses and their families were expected to make a contribution towards the cost of their tuition based on household income. Students from lower-income backgrounds were wholly or partially exempt from paying tuition fees.

In 2006-07, no student needs to find money upfront to meet tuition fees as they are eligible for a tuition fee loan of up to £3,000.

University Admissions

Jon Cruddas: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students (a) applied for and (b) were successful in obtaining places on degree courses at English universities in (i) law, (ii) medicine, (iii) engineering, (iv) accountancy and (v) veterinary studies in the most recent year for which figures are available, broken down by social class; and what the percentage change in (A) applicants and (B) successful places has been since 1999, broken down by social class. [105497]

Bill Rammell: The latest available information has been taken from figures published by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) on its website and covers English-domiciled students at UK institutions from 2000 entry onwards. The available data do not allow the identification of individual subjects of study by social class so figures have been given for the relevant subject groups.

For data relating to the 2002 entry cycle, a new classification for recording social class was introduced, the National Statistics—socio economic classification (NS-SEC). There was also a change in the subject of study classification. As such, figures for 2000 and 2001 entry are not comparable to those from 2002 entry onwards.

University Courses

Mr. Lancaster: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what percentage of (a) 18 and (b) 19-year-olds from Milton Keynes attended university courses in each year since 1997. [109055]

Bill Rammell: The latest available figures on participation in higher education by constituency were published by the Higher Education funding Council for England in January 2005 in “Young Participation in England”, which is available from their website at: http://www.hefce.ac.uk/pubs/hefce/2005/05_03/. This
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report shows participation rates for young people who enter higher education aged 18 or 19, disaggregated by constituency, for the years 1997 to 2000. The figures for North-East Milton Keynes and Milton Keynes South- West, and the comparable figure for England, are shown in the following table. HEFCE have not produced participation rates beyond 2000.

Young participation rate (YPR (A)) in Higher Education( 1) for year cohort aged 18
1997 1998 1999 2000

Cohort for North-East Milton Keynes(2)

1,390

1,460

1,470

1,410

Young participation rate (A) for North-East Milton Keynes(3) (percentage)

27

27

27

30

Cohort for Milton Keynes South-West(2)

1,400

1,440

1,520

1,430

Young Participation Rate (A) for Milton Keynes South-West(3) (percentage)

19

19

21

21

Young Participation Rate (A) for England (percentage)

29.2

28.8

29.2

29.9

(1) Covers all students studying higher education courses at UK higher education institutions and other UK institutions, for example further education colleges.
(2) Cohorts are reported to the nearest 10.
(3) Young participation rates for constituencies are reported to the nearest percent.
Source:
Higher Education Funding Council for England.

The total numbers of entrants from North-East Milton Keynes and Milton Keynes South-West for each year since 2001/02 are given in the following table:

Entrants to undergraduate courses( 1)
2001/02 2002/03 2003/04 2004/05

North-East Milton Keynes

Aged 18

280

310

315

320

Aged 19

175

165

185

170

Aged over 19(2)

670

705

825

770

Total entrants

1,125

1,180

1,325

1,260

Milton Keynes South-West

Aged 18

210

215

260

270

Aged 19

135

125

140

135

Aged over 19(2)

570

655

800

720

Total entrants

915

1,000

1,195

1,120

(1) Covers all students studying higher education courses at UK higher education institutions only. Students studying higher education courses elsewhere such as further education colleges are excluded.
(2) Includes a very small number of students with unknown ages or ages under 18.
Note:
Figures are based on the HESA standard registration population for entrants and have been rounded to the nearest five, so components may not sum to totals.
Source:
Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA).

The Department uses the Higher Education Initial Participation Rate (HEIPR) to assess progress on increasing first-time participation of English students aged 18 to 30 in higher education towards 50 per cent.: the latest provisional figure for 2004/05 is 42 per cent. The HEIPR is not calculated at constituency level.


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University Places

Mr. Dai Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recent assessment he has made of the rate of take-up of university places from prospective students from less affluent families. [110115]

Bill Rammell: In the past few years, we have seen a steady widening of participation in higher education. Performance indicators published by the Higher Education Statistics Agency show that the proportion of students from non-traditional backgrounds has increased across a range of measures. The proportion from low-participation neighbourhoods, for example, rose from 11.4 per cent. to 13.1 per cent. between 1997-98 and 2004-05, the latest year for which figures are available. Performance indicator figures are shown in the table.

Proportion of young entrants to full-time first degrees, at higher education institutions in England, from the lower social classes and from low-participation neighbourhoods
Proportion of entrants to university from
Social classes IIIm, IV and V( 1) NS-SECs 4, 5, 6 and 7 Low-participation neighbourhoods

1997-98

24.7

(1)

11.4

1998-99

24.9

(1)

11.6

1999-2000

25.1

(1)

11.7

2000-01

25.3

(1)

11.8

2001-02

25.5

(1)

12.4

2002-03

(1)

27.9

12.5

2003-04

(1)

28.2

13.3

2004-05

(1)

27.9

13.1

(1 )Not available. Note: The National Statistics socio-economic classification was introduced in 2002-03 to replace the social class groupings. The two classifications are not directly comparable. Source: Performance Indicators in Higher Education, published by HESA.

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