16 August 2012

million+: university remains the best choice for your career on A-level results day

On the day that students get their A-level results, million+, the university think-tank, said there will be places available in clearing but advised that students should be flexible and explore opportunities if they had not been accepted by their first choice university. The university think-tank also stated that there was still an opportunity for students who had not previously applied to university to submit applications.

Professor Patrick McGhee, Chair of the university think-tank million+ and Vice-Chancellor of the University of East London said: “There will be places available if students are prepared to be flexible and explore opportunities. All UK universities offer high quality courses with excellent teaching and state-of-the-art facilities and they are highly respected throughout the world for the quality of their degree programmes.

“At a time of high unemployment, this is the best time to study for a degree because graduates will be much better placed to take advantage of an upturn in the jobs market. Modern universities in particular ensure that students gain employment skills as part of their courses.

“Whatever reservations that students may have about the new funding system in England, no student will have to pay fees upfront. This also applies to students who want to study part-time. Full-time students are eligible for maintenance loans and grants, and universities offer additional bursaries and other support.

“But university is about much more than getting a job and a career in the future. Studying for a degree brings big rewards in many other ways and students develop knowledge, skills and friendships that last a lifetime.”

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Notes to editors:

  1. Professor Patrick McGhee and Pam Tatlow, million+ Chief Executive will be available for comment on Thursday 16th August. For more information please contact Drew Lindon on 0207 717 1659 or 07900 277 819.
  2. Although media interest focuses on A-level results day, the final date for applications to start university courses in 2012 is 20th September and many students apply with vocational and other qualifications. Part-time students apply direct to universities.
  3. million+ is a leading university think-tank, working to solve the complex problems in higher education www.millionplus.ac.uk