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Record increase in applications means universities must invest in staff

9 July 2021

The latest figures from UCAS show that record numbers of people are applying to study at university.

Responding to the data, UCU general secretary Jo Grady said: 'It is hugely encouraging to see record numbers of applicants to UK universities. With applications up across the sector, this is an overwhelming vote of confidence in the high-quality teaching and support that university staff provide students. 

'Sadly, universities' so-called leaders don't always show the same level of faith in staff as students do. Across the sector, employers are putting jobs at risk, holding back pay and attacking pensions. Ultimately, cuts impact on students as staff become increasingly stressed and burned out, so it's important that universities match increased student numbers with increased investment in their staff.

'It is particularly encouraging to see increases in the numbers of people applying to study humanities, social sciences and the creative arts across England, despite the Conservative government's continued attacks on these subjects. If ministers are serious about delivering a strong post-pandemic recovery, they must abandon all proposed funding cuts to the arts and take action to bolster this vital sector of the UK economy.'

Last updated: 9 July 2021