3 January 2013

million+ response to the latest UCAS statistics for university applications 2013/14

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

“The worrying trend of falling university applications continues, according to the most recent statistics published by UCAS. We urge the Government to step in with a national campaign to promote the value of university for potential students currently considering their options, whether they are about to leave school or considering a university course later in life.”


Notes to editors:

1. The figures for university applications for fulltime courses for the academic year 2013/14 submitted by 17 December are published by UCAS on 3 January  http://www.ucas.ac.uk/about_us/media_enquiries/media_releases/2013/dec13applicantfigures

2. The published figures highlight that there is an overall fall in applications compared to 2012/13 of -5.6%, and a fall of -6.5% in England.

3. Excluding early applications which were submitted by 15 October for Oxbridge, medicine, dentistry and veterinary courses, applications are down by 7.2%, and 7.6% in England. 

4. Admissions in 2012/13 were already down on previous years, with 54,000 fewer people starting university courses compared to 2011/12. 

5. million+ has published a briefing on applications analysing UCAS data for 2013/14 applications, which indicates, to date, a fall in applications. Read the full briefing http://www.millionplus.ac.uk/research-policy/briefings/latest-briefings/briefing-ucas-applications-2013-14

6. 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 Jean Candler, Head of Public Affairs on 0207 717 1659 or out of hours 07900 277 819.