30 April 2013

million+ comments on UCAS April applicant figures for 2013 cycle

The university think-tank million+ has commented on the release of the April applicant statistics published by UCAS today.

Professor Michael Gunn, Vice-Chancellor of Staffordshire University and Chair of the university think-tank million+, said:

“The small increase in the number of applications to university from those wishing to study full-time in 2013 is very welcome given the significance of graduates to our economic and social future and the benefits of a degree to an individual.”

“However, there is a 7% decline in applications from England-domciled applicants when compared to 2010, the last year when the recent funding changes did not impact upon recruitment. I am sure that this will be as concerning for Ministers, who have always said that they wanted more people to be participating in higher education because of the lifelong benefits  it provides, as it is for Vice-Chancellors. Studying for the degree that you need to get the job that you want remains a really good option for those who want to get on. It is not too late to decide to take advantage of the opportunities available.”

ENDS

Notes to editors:
1. million+ is a leading university think-tank, working to solve the complex problems in higher education www.millionplus.ac.uk.

2. For an interview with Professor Michael Gunn please contact Maria Scrivens, Press Manager, Staffordshire University on 01782 294375.

3. A copy of the April statistics for the 2013 cycle can be found here

4. UCAS analysis indicates that the number of UK-domiciled 18 year olds fell by 6-7% between 2010 and 2013: by the 15th January equal consideration deadline, application rates for 18 year olds were at, or very near, the highest levels recorded but for older age groups the application rates were generally similar or lower than in 2010.