HC Deb 17 October 1989 vol 158 c87W
Mr. Bowis

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what was the cost of each student at(a) universities and (b) polytechnics for 1979 and at the latest date for which such information is available.

Mr. Jackson

The data requested are as follows. The figures show the net institutional expenditure per student at universities (Great Britain) and polytechnics (England) in cash terms.

Net institutional expenditure1 per student
Financial year (£)
1979–80 1987–88
Universities1 3,074 5,719
Polytechnics2 2,515 3,356
1 The figures for universities are based on recurrent expenditure financed by UGC grants and tuition fee income for home and overseas students. The figures for polytechnics are net recurrent institutional expenditure per full-time student. Institutional expen-diture includes direct and indirect costs of providing tuition but excludes financing cost of capital expenditure.
2 Standard weightings have been used to calculate numbers of full-time equivalent students.