University applications 15 per cent down on last year
Richard Garner has been Education Editor of The Independent for 12 years and writing about the subject for 34 years. Before becoming a journalist, he worked as a disc jockey in London pubs and clubs and for a hospital radio station. His main hobbies are cricket (watching these days) and theatre. On his days off, he is most likelt to be found at Lord’s or the King’s Head Theatre Club.
Tuesday 29 November 2011
University applications are slumping even further behind the levels of last year, according to figures published yesterday.
They show a 15.1 per cent drop for UK candidates compared with this time last year. A similar comparison last month found the figure was 12.9 per cent.
When foreign candidates are included, the fall registered by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service was 12.9 per cent compared with just over 9 per cent a month ago.
The slump was highest from the North-east where the numbers were down by 21.4 per cent.
University lecturers blamed the rise in tuition fees to up to £9,000 a year. Sally Hunt, general secretary of the UCU lecturers' union, said: "Putting financial barriers in front of young people is a policy of penalising ambition."
However, vice-chancellors and Ucas said it was still early in this year's applications process. The deadline for applying to guarantee equal treatment is 15 January.
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