Commenting on the latest HESA data on student enrolments and entrants for 2008/09, Minister of State for Higher Education David Lammy said.
"In 'Higher Ambitions' we set out our vision for the future expansion of higher education, including the need for a wider and more flexible range of study modes so it’s especially encouraging to see more people being awarded foundation degrees. These help both full-time and part-time learners develop their skills and careers whilst helping businesses ensure they get, develop and retain the talent needed to remain strong in these challenging economic times.
"Today's figures also show that the number of undergraduate students studying Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) are up 3% and at postgraduate level up 7%. It is critical to our future growth that we have the graduates with the skills to drive the new industries and jobs of the future which is precisely why the Government enabled an additional 10,000 student places in these subjects last year."
Background HESA Figures for England
· Enrolments have gone up 4% on 2007/08
· entrants have gone up 8%
· postgrad qualifications obtained went up by 1%, foundation degree qualifications are up by 26% BUT first degree qualifications are down by 1% and other undergraduate qualis down by 4% (mainly due to 08/09 qualifiers having entered in 06/07 when entrants temporarily dipped due to introduction of fees)
· number of EU students has gone up 3%, number of non-EU students has gone up 13%
· STEM participation at undergrad level is up 3% and at postgrad up 7% (STEM participation at A-levels also went up so we are on the right track on STEM now)
· number of people getting a first at undergrad level has risen 1%
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