13 Jul 2017
MillionPlus, the Association for Modern Universities, has today (13 July) commented on the UCAS June deadline statistical release, which shows UK applicants down 4% and EU applicants down 5% as well as a continued fall of mature student numbers.
Pam Tatlow, Chief Executive of MillionPlus, said:
“The application data from UCAS is not good news and shows a further decline in the number of mature students, confirming yet again that the current fees and funding system is not working for those who want to study later in life.
“As predicted, the abolition of bursaries has depressed rather than increased applications for nursing and there will be no additional nurses trained in spite of Ministers’ assurances. The government should now guarantee that the tuition fee system will not be extended to paramedics and other NHS staff groups.
“The EU market has been an area of consistent growth in recent years and the 5% fall in applications will create additional concerns. There is no doubt that the government’s approach to Brexit is damaging and is creating huge uncertainties, both for EU students and UK universities.”
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