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  Participation Rates in Higher Education: Academic Years 2006/07 to 2009/10 (Provisional)  
  Publication date: 31 March 2011  
  The latest National Statistics on Participation Rates in Higher Education (HE) produced by the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills will be released on 31st March 2011 according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.
  Statistics on Higher Education Initial Participation Rates are published as “Participation Rates in Higher Education: Academic Years 2006/07 to 2009/10 (Provisional)” and include data on 17-30 year old English domiciled first-time HE entrants to UK HE institutions and English, Welsh and Scottish FE colleges who remain in HE for at least six months.
  The latest statistics report on the 2009/10 academic year and update those previously released on 31st March 2010.
  Provisional figures for 2009/10 exclude students studying in Welsh Further Education Colleges. This is due to a delay in receiving data from the Welsh Assembly Government. Due to the small number of these students who count towards the Higher Education Initial Participation Rate, it is estimated their exclusion will not affect the figure to the level of accuracy reported. If, on receipt of this data, the 2009/10 provisional figure changes, an updated version of this release will be published.  
  To access the latest release in full click here  
  Tables from the release are available in Excel format here  
  Earlier releases are available here  
  Participation rates in other UK countries
  Scottish Government: Age Participation Index for Scotland

The Age Participation Index (API) attempts to estimate the proportion of 17 year olds who will participate in higher education for the first time before their 21st birthday. It is not a measure of participation of a particular cohort, but rather a projection of future participation of 17 year old Scots based on current first time participation rates of Scots under the age of 21. The focus of the API is on entrants to full-time higher education in the UK.
  The Scottish Government is currently consulting users on a proposed transfer of two National Statistics publications from the Lifelong Learning series, including the Age Participation Index (API) for Scotland. It is intended that the 2009-10 update to the API will be produced by the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) in August 2011. Further information on the proposed transfer can be found on the Scottish Government’s Lifelong Learning consultations web page at the following address,
On this page there are also details of on going work to develop new measures of participation in Scotland, under a joint project between the Scottish Government and the Scottish Funding Council and details of a recent review of measurements of participation.
  Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW): Participation Rates for Welsh Students in Higher Education within the UK

This report presents information about the levels of participation in higher education (HE) across Wales for the academic years 2004/05, 2005/06 and 2006/07. Information on participation rates in HE is presented in a series of maps and charts in Section 1. The analysis is displayed by Unitary Authority, and the maps show how participation levels vary with age, mode of study and gender across Wales.
  Department for Employment and Learning Northern Ireland (DELNI): Higher Education Age Participation Index for Northern Ireland

The Age Participation Index (API) is defined as the number of NI domiciled young entrants (aged under 21) to full-time undergraduate Higher Education (in the UK or Republic of Ireland) as a percentage of the 18 year old population of Northern Ireland.


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