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More students from state schools
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A slight increase in students from poorer families
The proportion of university students who attended a state school has risen slightly.

Among those starting higher education in autumn 2002 - the most recent year for which there is data - the official figure was 87.2%, up from 86% in 2001.

But there was a wide variation in performance between universities, which are set benchmarks for state school pupil intakes.

Oxford missed its mark by the widest margin, whereas Queen's, Belfast,

exceeded its by the most.

Oxbridge

For the higher education sector as a whole, the Courtauld Institute of Art, the Royal College of Music, the Royal Agricultural College and Royal Academy of Music missed their benchmarks by the largest amounts.

However, these were all among the smallest institutions looked at by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (Hesa).

Among the universities, Oxford took 55.2% of students from state schools, having been set a benchmark of 77.2%.

Next on the list were Cambridge (57.6%, as opposed to 76.8%) and University College London (61.4% to 80.1%).

More than two-thirds of the 165 institutions listed exceeded their benchmarks.

These were led by Queen's Belfast, which took 99.8% of students from state schools, compared with a guideline of 84.4%.

Next was St Mary's University College, in Surrey, all of whose 2002 intake was from the sector, having been set 87.2%.

Third was City University, London, with 99.5% from state schools, compared with a benchmark of 89.2%.

Some universities and the Independent Schools Council have complained that the benchmarks they were set were unfairly raised.

The independent schools spoke of "scarcely concealed blackmail" - fearing that the new Office for Fair Access would use the benchmarks in negotiations with universities wanting to charge higher tuition fees from 2006.

Non-completion

Hesa also found the number of students predicted not to finish their degrees had fallen.

For the 2001 intake, the figure was 15% and for 2002 it was 14.1%.

A spokeswoman for Universities UK, which represents vice-chancellors, said: "Once again these indicators provide further evidence of the excellent world-class performance of the UK higher education sector.

"Retention rates at UK universities continue to be among the highest in the world, while they continue to work at widening participation."

However, the way the figures were compiled changed slightly over the period, making it difficult to compare them directly.

Some 309,315 students entered higher education in the UK in autumn 2002.

The table below shows the proportion that came from state schools:

STATE SCHOOL STUDENTS
Institution % state % benchmark + / -
Courtauld Institute of Art 25.8 74.9 -49.1
Royal College of Music 45.5 89.7 -44.2
Royal Agricultural College 44.6 88.7 -44.1
Royal Academy of Music 56.8 87.9 -31.1
The University of Oxford 55.4 77.2 -21.8
The University of Cambridge 57.6 76.8 -19.2
University College London 61.4 80.1 -18.7
The University of St Andrews 62.4 79.3 -16.9
The University of Exeter 66.9 82.7 -15.8
Imperial College of Science, Technology & Medicine 62.7 78.2 -15.5
The University of Edinburgh 65.7 81.0 -15.3
The University of Bristol 63.8 78.9 -15.1
London School of Economics and Political Science 66.1 79.3 -13.2
Oxford Brookes University 75.5 88.6 -13.1
The School of Oriental and African Studies 68.5 81.5 -13.0
University of Durham 68.3 80.1 -11.8
King`s College London 70.2 80.7 -10.5
The University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne 73.8 82.0 -8.2
Trinity College of Music 82.1 90.1 -8.0
Rose Bruford College 85.8 93.3 -7.5
The University of Nottingham 72.8 79.9 -7.1
St George`s Hospital Medical School 68.8 75.7 -6.9
Royal Holloway and Bedford New College 77.8 83.7 -5.9
The University of Leeds 76.7 82.6 -5.9
The School of Pharmacy 83.0 88.3 -5.3
The University of Reading 80.8 85.6 -4.8
The University of Manchester Institute of Science & Technology 81.6 86.2 -4.6
The University of Warwick 77.8 81.9 -4.1
University of the West of England, Bristol 86.1 90.2 -4.1
The University of Bath 79.7 83.8 -4.1
Harper Adams University College 85.0 88.2 -3.2
The University of Birmingham 78.9 81.8 -2.9
The University of Southampton 80.9 83.8 -2.9
Edinburgh College of Art 86.9 89.7 -2.8
Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama 88.5 91.3 -2.8
St Mary`s College 89.2 91.7 -2.5
The Royal Veterinary College 66.1 68.4 -2.3
Loughborough University 84.5 86.0 -1.5
The London Institute 94.7 96.2 -1.5
University of Manchester 79.9 81.1 -1.2
The University of York 79.3 80.4 -1.1
The University of Northumbria at Newcastle 89.4 90.0 -0.6
The Arts Institute at Bournemouth 96.6 97.0 -0.4
Queen Mary and Westfield College 84.8 85.0 -0.2
The University of Aberdeen 84.3 84.5 -0.2
Birmingham College of Food, Tourism and Creative Studies 92.9 92.8 0.1
The Nottingham Trent University 90.2 90.1 0.1
The University of Surrey 88.0 87.7 0.3
University of Surrey, Roehampton 92.3 91.5 0.8
The University of Sussex 85.2 84.3 0.9
The University of Brighton 92.3 91.3 1.0
Kingston University 93.7 92.6 1.1
Dartington College of Arts 93.8 92.6 1.2
Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College 96.5 95.0 1.5
Wimbledon School of Art 100.0 98.3 1.7
The University of Teesside 95.5 93.5 2.0
University College Chichester 95.3 93.3 2.0
The University of Sheffield 82.6 80.5 2.1
University College Worcester 95.3 93.2 2.1
The University of Liverpool 86.2 84.0 2.2
Aston University 90.6 88.3 2.3
Bournemouth University 93.0 90.7 2.3
London South Bank University 95.3 92.9 2.4
Brunel University 91.9 89.5 2.4
Goldsmiths College 90.5 88.1 2.4
The Surrey Institute of Art and Design, University College 98.6 96.1 2.5
The University of Plymouth 92.8 90.3 2.5
Kent Institute of Art & Design 98.7 96.1 2.6
Cardiff University 85.2 82.5 2.7
Central School of Speech and Drama 95.7 93.0 2.7
Leeds Metropolitan University 93.9 91.2 2.7
The University of Bradford 94.3 91.6 2.7
University of Wales Institute, Cardiff 94.9 92.2 2.7
University of Gloucestershire 94.2 91.4 2.8
The University of Westminster 94.9 92.1 2.8
Falmouth College of Arts 96.9 94.0 2.9
The University of Kent 89.7 2.9
Canterbury Christ Church University College 94.0 91.0 3.0
Coventry University 95.7 92.6 3.1
Queen Margaret University College, Edinburgh 93.6 90.3 3.3
The Manchester Metropolitan University 94.7 91.4 3.3
Bath Spa University College 94.9 91.6 3.3
The University of Portsmouth 93.9 90.6 3.3
University of Wales College of Medicine 93.1 89.7 3.4
The University of Wales, Lampeter 91.5 88.1 3.4
Cranfield University 93.3 89.7 3.6
Liverpool Hope University College 96.8 93.2 3.6
Southampton Institute 94.9 91.3 3.6
University of Hertfordshire 96.5 92.8 3.7
Bolton Institute of Higher Education 98.2 94.4 3.8
University of Wales, Swansea 91.5 87.7 3.8
Thames Valley University 98.1 94.2 3.9
University of Derby 97.3 93.4 3.9
The University of Greenwich 97.0 93.0 4.0
Middlesex University 97.8 93.7 4.1
University of Luton 98.3 94.2 4.1
Liverpool John Moores University 95.7 91.6 4.1
The University of Keele 91.2 87.1 4.1
De Montfort University 96.4 92.2 4.2
The University of East London 97.4 93.2 4.2
The University of Leicester 87.5 83.2 4.3
University College Northampton 97.3 93.0 4.3
Sheffield Hallam University 94.9 90.6 4.3
Cumbria Institute of the Arts 97.6 93.2 4.4
Napier University 95.9 91.5 4.4
Trinity College, Carmarthen 98.2 93.8 4.4
London Metropolitan University 96.8 92.3 4.5
The University of Huddersfield 97.9 93.4 4.5
University of Central England in Birmingham 97.0 92.5 4.5
Trinity and All Saints College 94.8 90.2 4.6
College of St Mark and St John 97.0 92.3 4.7
University of Wales College, Newport 99.3 94.6 4.7
Anglia Polytechnic University 96.5 91.7 4.8
Staffordshire University 96.8 92.0 4.8
The University of Hull 93.0 88.2 4.8
The University of Salford 95.9 91.1 4.8
The University of Central Lancashire 96.6 91.7 4.9
University of Glamorgan 97.8 92.9 4.9
Bishop Grosseteste College 94.9 90.0 4.9
Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication 98.4 93.5 4.9
St Martin`s College 96.9 92.0 4.9
The University of East Anglia 88.4 83.4 5.0
The University of Sunderland 96.9 91.9 5.0
Conservatoire for Dance and Drama 96.7 91.6 5.1
Swansea Institute of Higher Education 98.8 93.6 5.2
The North-East Wales Institute of Higher Education 99.0 93.8 5.2
Heriot-Watt University 92.0 86.7 5.3
University of Abertay Dundee 97.2 91.8 5.4
The University of Stirling 92.1 86.6 5.5
The University of Wolverhampton 98.6 93.0 5.6
University of Wales, Aberystwyth 92.9 87.3 5.6
King Alfred`s College, Winchester 96.6 90.9 5.7
The University of Paisley 98.1 92.2 5.9
York St John College 96.2 90.3 5.9
Edge Hill College of Higher Education 98.3 92.2 6.1
The Robert Gordon University 95.1 89.0 6.1
University of London (Institutes and activities) 80.6 74.5 6.1
Glasgow School of Art 97.2 90.9 6.3
The University of Lincoln 97.3 90.9 6.4
The University of Dundee 91.7 85.1 6.6
The University of Strathclyde 92.4 85.8 6.6
The University of Glasgow 89.2 82.5 6.7
UHI Millennium Institute 100.0 93.2 6.8
University of Wales, Bangor 95.8 89.0 6.8
Chester College of HE 97.6 90.7 6.9
Stranmillis University College 99.6 92.7 6.9
The University of Lancaster 90.7 83.8 6.9
Bell College 98.8 91.7 7.1
Writtle College 96.7 89.4 7.3
Glasgow Caledonian University 97.0 89.4 7.6
Norwich School of Art and Design 100.0 92.4 7.6
The University of Essex 95.6 87.6 8.0
University of Ulster 100.0 91.6 8.4
Newman College of HE 100.0 89.8 10.2
City University 99.5 89.2 10.3
St Mary`s University College 100.0 87.2 12.8
The Queen`s University of Belfast 99.8 84.4 15.4
Source: HESA

 

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