12 January 2012

million+ comment on 2010/11 HESA qualifications & enrolments data

Responding to official HESA statistics that confirm a sharp increase (7.7%) in full-time enrolments of undergraduate students in England, Pam Tatlow, Chief Executive of the university think-tank million+, said: “The 7.7% increase in full-time undergraduates in England, confirmed in the 2008-09 HESA figures, is indicative of the increasing interest in going to university. Demand rose even more in 2009 and universities are facing fines for over-recruiting students.

“Lord Mandelson now has a straightforward choice to argue for the extra resources required to fund additional places in 2010 in the pre-election Budget or to concede that the failure to fund universities will increase the call on the benefits budget of the Department of Work and Pensions, as people who would have studied for degrees are instead left to sign on because of a shortage of funded places.”

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Notes to editors:

  1. million+ is a leading university think-tank, working to solve the complex problems in higher education www.millionplus.ac.uk
  2. The HESA student enrolments and qualifications obtained at Higher Education Institutions in the United Kingdom for the academic year 2008/09 data is available at: www.hesa.ac.uk/sfr142
  3. Although the HESA figures confirm that part-time undergraduate enrolments in England have increased by 2.7%, this follows a decline in 2007-08. Part-time enrolments are now back to 2006-07 levels.
  4. For more information, comment or interviews please contact Victoria Mills on 0207 7171655 or 07900 277819