Press release

MillionPlus comment on the UCAS End of Cycle Report 2017

27 Nov 2017

MillionPlus, the Association for Modern Universities, has today (27 November) commented on the UCAS End of Cycle Report 2017.

Pam Tatlow, Chief Executive of MillionPlus, said:

“Studying for a degree remains one of the best decisions that young people can make in terms of their future life-chances. The record number of 18-year-olds accepting places at universities and colleges is to be warmly welcomed and will bring wider benefits to society and the economy in future years.

“However, university is not just for young people. The further decline in mature students suggests that what started as a downturn is now a crisis which Ministers need to address if their laudable ambitions of improving social mobility are to be fulfilled. New technology and an ever-changing labour market also mean that the UK must have education systems that are fit for purpose and provide new opportunities to those already in work to retrain and improve their qualifications.

“MillionPlus and the Office for Fair Access are already working on a report to review the experience of mature students which will be published early next year. Our recommendations will help to map a way forward to address the damaging downturn in the number of mature students which is limiting the talent pool that the country will need in the 21st century but also the life-chances of older people.”


Notes to editors

  1. MillionPlus is the Association for Modern Universities. More information can be found at
  2. Modern universities: key facts 2017
  3. The first wave of the UCAS End of Cycle Report which details applicants and acceptances as well as pattern by age is released on Monday 27 November and will be available here
  4. For further information or to arrange an interview, please contact Dan Blows on 020 7717 1658 or email