28 March 2012

million+ comment on Higher Education Initial Participation Rate (HEIPR) figures

Commenting on the Higher Education Initial Participation Rate (HEIPR) figures for 2010-11, Pam Tatlow, Chief Executive of the university think tank million+, said: “In 2010-11 demand for university places from qualified students exceeded supply. The fact that participation in higher education among 17-30 year olds remained static, compared to 2009-10, was not because of a lack of interest from students but reflects the failure of the Government to significantly increase the number of funded student places available.

“Britain’s competitors are investing more in higher education. Economic growth and widening access to university both depend on increasing university places and students feeling that the student support system provides a viable alternative to seeking to work full-time. At a time of high unemployment and uncertainties in the youth labour market, Britain should be doing much better in encouraging individuals to study for the degree they need to help them get a job in the future.”

Notes to editors:

  1. million+ is a leading university think-tank, working to solve the complex problems in higher education www.millionplus.ac.uk. For more information please contact Victoria Mills on 0207 717 1659 or 07900 277819.
  2. The HEIPR figures for 17-30 year olds, from 2006-07 to 2010-11, can be viewed here.