27 April 2012

million+ comment on latest figures for university applications

Commenting on the latest applications figures released by UCAS (the University and College Admissions Service) for full-time students hoping to commence study in 2012, Pam Tatlow, Chief Executive of the university think-tank million+, said: “High levels of unemployment normally encourage participation in higher education but exactly the opposite is happening in England. Applications from older people have also declined significantly and the Government’s publicity has primarily targeted younger full-time applicants and should be urgently rethought.

“The best thing that people can do in a recession is to improve their qualifications and study for a degree to help them get the job they want in the future. If the new fees and student numbers regime makes this more difficult the Government’s social mobility and growth strategy will also be at risk.”

Notes to editors:

  1. million+ is a leading university think-tank, working to solve the complex problems in higher education www.millionplus.ac.uk. For more information please contact Victoria Mills on 0207 717 1655 or 07900 277819.
  2. The full figures released by UCAS are available here.
  3. Total applications are down by 7.7% on the same point last year and applications from England are down 10.1%. Whilst applications from 18 year olds are down by 2.6%, mature applications are down by:
    Age 21 11.4%
    Age 22 9.9%
    Age 23 13.3%
    Age 24 11.6%
    Age 25-29 12.1%
    Age 30-39 10.7%
    Age 40+ 11.1%