9 July 2013

million+ comment on June UCAS statistics

Commenting on the release by the universities admissions service, UCAS, of the application figures for full-time students applying to university in 2013 by 30 June, the university think-tank million+ has welcomed the 3.1% recovery in applications compared to 2012 but said that Ministers still need to do more to get the message about the value of higher education across to part-time students and those interested in studying for a degree later in life.

Pam Tatlow, Chief Executive of the university think-tank million+ said:

“The recovery in applications from young people is welcome particularly as there are fewer 18 year olds in the population at the present time”.

“Regardless of the funding system, in both England and Scotland the percentage of young people applying to university has increased but there are still 30,000 fewer applications in England compared to 2010”.

“Higher education remains a great choice if you want to revamp your career, study while you work or want to combine study with looking after a family”.

“Until there is a full recovery in applications from mature and part-time students it would be premature to claim that the 2012 funding system in England has been a success”.

“Ministers need to re-double their efforts to promote the value of higher education by funding and supporting a high profile campaign to get this message through to older people and to those interested in studying for a degree part-time. It’s not too late to apply direct to universities or go through clearing for a course starting in September”.

ENDS

Notes to Editors
1. For further information or to arrange an interview please contact Pam Tatlow on 0207 717 1655 or 07795 645 241.
2. million+ is a leading university think-tank. More information about million+ can be found at www.millionplus.ac.uk
3. The June UCAS  statistics can be found here