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Mr. Lammy [holding answer 6 January 2010]: The Department has received one letter from Redrock Associates International Ltd. and other stakeholders about the consultation process to relocate core store facilities at Gilmerton and Loanhead.

Nigel Griffiths: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions he has had with stakeholders on the appropriateness of the proposed new site for the cores presently stored at Gilmerton and Loanhead. [308644]

Mr. Lammy [holding answer 6 January 2010]: I have had no discussions with stakeholders. These are matters for the Natural Environment Research Council.

Higher Education: Student Numbers

Mr. Laws: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many full-time students are in their (a) first year, (b) second year and (c) final year of an undergraduate degree course. [308181]

Mr. Lammy: The latest available information from the Higher Education Statistics Agency is provided in the table.

Figures are provided for UK-domiciled full-time first degree enrolments by year of course.

UK-domiciled full-time first degree enrolments by year of course: UK Higher Education Institutions, academic year 2007/08
Year of course First degree enrolments

First year

343,805

Second year

278,880

Third year

273,165

Fourth year or over

78,875

Total

974,720

Notes:
1. Figures are based on a HESA Standard Registration Population.
2. Figures in the answer have been rounded to the nearest five and may not sum to total.
Source:
Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA).

Mr. Evennett: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of residents in each local authority area who (a) have applied to start a university course in January 2010 and (b) have deferred entry from September 2009 to September 2010. [308449]

Mr. Lammy: The information requested is not available centrally.

Information on applicants and accepted applicants to full-time undergraduate courses in UK institutions is collected by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Accepted applicants who begin courses in January 2010 are included in the 2009/10 entry figures published by UCAS. UCAS can identify which students start courses in January, though they do not regularly publish information on the start date of courses. End of year data for the 2009/10 academic year will not be available until January 2010.

Information on deferrals is provided to BIS from UCAS, but is not broken down by local authority area.


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Middlesex University: Research

Joan Ryan: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) how much research funding has been allocated to Middlesex university in each year since 1997; [308714]

(2) what his Department's latest assessment of the quality of research undertaken at Middlesex university is; and if he will make a statement. [308717]

Mr. Lammy: Middlesex university has received the following quality-related funding for research allocated by the Higher Education Funding Council for England:


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Time series of HEFCE research funding for Middlesex u niversity for academic years 1997-98 to 2009-10, prepared by HEFCE Analytical Services Group on 18 December 2009, figures are in cash terms, and include late grant adjustments

Middlesex university (£ million)

1997-98

1.93

1998-99

2.16

1999-2000

2.29

2000-01

2.31

2001-02

2.35

2002-03

1.76

2003-04

1.66

2004-05

1.63

2005-06

1.92

2006-07

1.86

2007-08

1.96

2008-09

1.95

2009-10

3.4


Higher Education Statistics Agency data show that Middlesex university received the following income from research councils (2008-09 data are not yet available):

Research council grants (£000)

1997-98

512

1998-99

417

1999-2000

557

2000-01

581

2001-02

335

2002-03

17

2003-04

98

2004-05

263

2005-06

339

2006-07

614

2007-08

1,247


Middlesex university achieved the following results in the Research Assessment Exercise 2008, conducted by the Higher Education Funding Council for England, which was published on 18 December 2008. The Department itself does not directly assess the quality of research undertaken at universities.

Overall quality profile (percentage of research activity at each quality level)
Unit of assessment FTE category A staff submitted 4* 3* 2* 1* Unclassified

11 Nursing and Midwifery

7.90

5

30

40

20

5

12 Allied Health Professions and Studies

10.10

5

25

35

30

5

23 Computer Science and Informatics

22.30

10

25

45

20

0

32 Geography and Environmental Studies

12.15

5

35

40

20

0

36 Business and Management Studies

38.79

5

25

50

20

0

38 Law

7.30

0

15

35

50

0

40 Social Work and Social Policy and Administration

15.20

5

45

40

10

0

44 Psychology

14.50

0

10

30

60

0

57 English Language and Literature

8.50

5

30

50

15

0

60 Philosophy

7.00

20

45

30

5

0

63 Art and Design

19.00

5

20

55

15

5

64 History of Art, Architecture and Design

12.00

15

40

35

10

0

65 Drama, Dance and Performing Arts

12.10

20

35

25

20

0

66 Communication, Cultural and Media Studies

4.00

0

45

25

30

0


RAE2008 quality levels
Scale Definition

4*

Quality that is world-leading in terms of originality, significance and rigour.

3*

Quality that is internationally excellent in terms of originality, significance and rigour but which nonetheless falls short of the highest standards of excellence.

2*

Quality that is recognised internationally in terms of originality, significance and rigour.

1*

Quality that is recognised nationally in terms of originality, significance and rigour.

Unclassified

Quality that falls below the standard of nationally recognised work, or work which does not meet the published definition of research for the purposes of this assessment.


Minimum Wage: Nottingham

Mr. Allen: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of people in Nottingham, North constituency who have been paid the uprated minimum wage in the last 10 years. [308493]

Mr. McFadden: Data for earnings are not available at the constituency level because of small sample sizes at constituency level in the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE).


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At the Government Office Region level, the lowest available, DTI previously estimated that the number of jobs that stood to benefit from the April 1999 introduction of the national minimum wage (NMW) in the east midlands region was 130,000. In 2009 the BIS estimate for the number of jobs affected by the uprating of the NMW in the east midlands region was 83,000.


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