19 December 2013

million+ responds to UCAS 2013 End of Cycle Report

Following the publication of the UCAS 2013 End of Cycle Report, the university think-tank, million+ has welcomed the increase in the number of young people studying at university which it describes as ‘good news for individuals and society generally’. However, million+ has pointed out that the focus on young people risks detracting from the serious decline in applications from mature students.  The difference between the offers made to 18-year-olds who want to study for a degree compared to those who are 25 and over is 40 percentage points – the largest in the last five years.

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

“The increase in the number of 18-year-olds studying at university is good news but the decline in applications from those over the age of 25 is a big concern."

"The significant downturn in the number of 18 year olds in the population also makes it more important than ever that those already in the workforce and those who prefer not to study for a degree straight from school or college have opportunities to enter higher education."

“The 2013 UCAS statistics confirm that politicians and policymakers have yet to address the impact of the recession and the 2012 increase in fees on those who want to study at university later in life.”

ENDS

Notes to Editors
1. For further information contact Victoria Robinson, Press and Communications Officer, million+ on 07527 336 795
2. million+ is a leading university think-tank. More information can be found at: www.millionplus.ac.uk
3. The UCAS 2013 End of Cycle Report will be published on the UCAS website on Thursday 19 December 2013