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Latest UCAS Figures Show Drop in Applicants from UK

by allisonharvard (writer), , July 13, 2012

According to the figures released by UCAS, there's asignificant decrease on the applicants in the UK. As of June 30, 2012, UCAS received 515,663 applications from applicants residing in the UK.

The latest application figures show that there are less applicants seeking to study their chosen courses at their selected universities and colleges in the United Kingdom, Sean Coughlan writes for BBC News. The latest numbers were released by the Universities and Colleges Admission Service, or UCAS, a non-profit organization in charge of managing the application process in the UK.

According to the figures released by UCAS, there is a significant decrease on the applicants domiciled in the UK. As of June 30, 2012, UCAS received 515,663 applications from applicants residing in the UK, compared to 566,002 applications from UK applicants received for autumn 2011. This represents a difference of 50,339 UK applicants, or equivalent to a decrease of 8.9 per cent.

Among the UK countries, England suffered the biggest drop. For autumn 2012, applicants from England who submitted applications and personal statement UCAS suggested numbered just 430,755. This reflects a 10 per cent decline in submissions from applicant in that part of the UK, which numbered 478,590 for autumn 2011.

There were also lesser applicants from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Data show that there were only 42,515, 23,245 and 19,148 applicants from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland respectively for the autumn 2012. The figures are much lesser than in autumn 2011, when there 43,437, 23,935 and 20,040 applicants from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland respectively.

Despite the decline in the number of applicants who are sending their applications and personal statements to UCAS in order to gain admission to their selected universities and colleges, Universities Minister David Willetts remains optimistic. According to Mr. Willetts, the application figures for autumn 2012 were the second highest on record. He added that tens of thousands of applicants were still expected to send their applications and personal statement UCAS recommends.

"This will still be a competitive year like any other as people continue to understand that university remains a good long term investment for their future," said Mr Willetts.

One of the main reasons why there are lesser people who are seeking to study their courses at universities and colleges in UK is the recent decision of the government to allow the increase of tuition fees up to £9,000. Shabana Mahmood, Labour's universities spokeswoman, took good note of this and said that the tuition increase is hitting young people and their aspirations.

Sally Hunt, leader of the UCU lecturers' union, shared the same sentiment as Ms. Mahmood, describing the tuition increase as “punitive financial barriers.”

Nonetheless, the increase failed to discouraged hundreds of thousands of people to write persuasive personal statement UCAS recommends just to get admitted into their university and college of choice and study the course or field of their preference.



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By deriver69 on July 13, 2012 at 09:59 pm

Due to the tuition fee changes last year saw a massive increase in University applications. It is popular for students to take a gap year and travel the world before going to university. Last year this was not a popular option and more students applied to go straight to university.

Even without this factor applications were expected to drop. Firstly the number of births dropped from 1993-1994. It was expected that adult applications would drop, adult applications are often high at the beginning of a recession. These factors probably help explain the drop in places like Scotland where the tuition fee factor is not an issue.

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By allisonharvard on July 16, 2012 at 02:59 am

@ deriver69 Thought the drop would have been much higher, but any drop is probably for the better. What the UK needs is people trained as engineers (electrical, mechanical and civil), plumbers, electricians, builders, carpenters, and so on, jobs which are currently being filled by qualified immigrants.

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