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University applications drop 13%

28 November 2011

Sally Hunt, UCU general secretary, has responded to news today that almost 25,000 fewer people (23,427) have applied to university compared to this time last year.

She said: 'The rise in tuition fees to as much as £9,000 has helped cause a 13% drop in applications to university. Today's preliminary figures are very worrying. We believe putting financial barriers in front of young people who have been told their entire lives to aim for university is nothing more than a policy of penalising ambition.
'We are still waiting for some universities to readjust the cost of their degrees, which adds even more confusion to the situation. Students should be looking to study the courses most suited to their talents, not searching for something in their price range, and universities should not be forced into cutting prices to try and fill places.'
Full details can be found on the UCAS website


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