University admissions on the rise in Warwickshire

New statistics published by the Higher Education Statistics Authority (HESA) show a large rise in the number of young people going to university.  Between 1997/98 and 2008/09, there was a 21.9% increase in the number of people going to university from Warwickshire.  

Figures are also available at Parliamentary Constituency level; click on the image above to see the Warwickshire figures more clearly.  They suggest that the greatest growth, locally, has been within the parts of the county typically regarded as less affluent.  This reflects the national trend, where there has been growth of more than 200% in some of the most deprived parts of the country.

The 22% growth in Warwickshire compares with national growth of 44% across England as a whole.  In 1997/98, there were 2,265 young people (aged under 21) entering university from Warwickshire; in 2008/09 the figure was 2,760.

Local figures for 2009/10 have not yet been released, but at a national level there is evidence that numbers are particularly high this year as school leavers strive to avoid future increases in tuition fees.

Get the raw data here.

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