27 March 2012

University applications confirm Government is still not reaching mature students

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: “The latest application figures are further confirmation that the Government has failed to get the message through to key groups of applicants. At a time of high unemployment there would normally be more interest from older people who want to improve their career prospects by studying for a degree to help them get the job they want. For the sixth month in a row, applications from mature students are well down. Ministers cannot support life-long learning and social mobility on one hand while refusing to provide funds for a campaign to target information about the student loan system geared at older people.”

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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 1659 or 07900 277819.
  2. The full figures released by UCAS are available here. The latest figures show applications made for 2012 university entry up to 19 March 2012 and comparisons are made with applications at the same point last year.
  3. Whilst total applications are down by 7.4% on the same point last year and applications from 18 year olds are down by 2.6%, mature applications are down by:
    Age 21 10.9%
    Age 22 9.3%
    Age 23 12.9%
    Age 24 10.4%
    Age 25-29 11.1%
    Age 30-39 10.0%
    Age 40+ 10.6%