Arab Today, arab today university applications down 13 on last year
Last Updated : GMT 12:42:06
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today

University applications down 13% on last year

Arab Today, arab today

Arab Today, arab today University applications down 13% on last year

London - Arabstoday

UK Universities appear to be facing a slump in applications ahead of the first year of higher fees, the university admissions body says. The latest figures from Ucas show applications to university courses starting next October are down 12.9%. They show the number of students who have so far applied for places at UK universities is 158,387, down 23,427 on this time last year. But Ucas says there may be a late surge nearer the January 15 deadline. Tuition fees will be up to three times higher from October 2012, but Ucas says it is too early to say whether this will affect the final demand for places. The admissions body says that application patterns this far ahead are historically unreliable as indicators of the eventual year-on-year change. Too early to tell Ucas chief executive Mary Curnock Cook said: \"Recent changes in higher education funding mean that application patterns this year may be different to previous years and we are gearing up for a possible late surge close to the 15 January deadline where applicants have taken more time to research their applications. \"We expect some depression of demand due to a decline in the young population but it is much too early to predict any effects from changes in tuition fees.\" This months figures are similar to those published last month which showed a 12% year-on-year drop in applications. But courses which have an October deadline: medicine, dentistry and veterinary science, plus Oxford and Cambridge, showed a reduction of less than 1%. The National Union of Students called on the government to rethink its plans for higher education. NUS president Liam Burns said: \"Ministers must stop tinkering around the edges of their shambolic reforms, listen to students, teachers and universities and completely overhaul their white paper before temporary chaos turns into permanent damage to our education system.\" \"The unfair, unnecessary and unsustainable decision to treble tuition fees to £9,000, while cutting university funding by 80%, is putting many young people off university and threatening economic growth for this country and skills for the future.\" Shadow higher education minister Shabana Mahmood promised that Labour would reverse the corporation tax cut for banks and use the money to help cut fees to a maximum of £6,000. \"Close to crisis point\" Martin Lewis, head of the Independent Task Force on Student Finance Information, said: \"We are close to a crisis point for university applications. \"The portrayal of changes as being mired in a lifetime of debt is enough to put anyone off.\" He called for a shift in the debate away from the politics surrounding the fee rises to a focus on the practical financial reality of how the fees will be repaid over students\' lifetimes. Million+, the body representing the newer universities, said detail of the figures reveals the biggest downturn in applications to be from mature students. Its chairman Professor Les Ebdon said: \"One in four first time undergraduates is a mature student. \"No-one should lose the chance to be what they might have been. Ministers need to up their game and should launch a campaign in the New Year to ensure that older students understand the new loan system and the opportunities available.\" Sally Hunt, general secretary of the University and College Union, called the figures very worrying. She said: \"We are still waiting for some universities to readjust the cost of their degrees, which adds even more confusion. \"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.\"

Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

Arab Today, arab today university applications down 13 on last year Arab Today, arab today university applications down 13 on last year

 



Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Jordan airline suggests flyers 'talk'

GMT 11:59 2017 Friday ,24 March

Jordan airline suggests flyers 'talk'
Arab Today, arab today 5 Crafty Must-Have Limited-Budget Ideas

GMT 17:03 2017 Saturday ,25 March

5 Crafty Must-Have Limited-Budget Ideas
Arab Today, arab today Rebel supporters flood Yemen streets

GMT 06:39 2017 Monday ,27 March

Rebel supporters flood Yemen streets

GMT 12:02 2017 Saturday ,18 February

US university’s invite to Dalai Lama sparks uproar

GMT 10:09 2017 Wednesday ,18 January

1 in 3 Aussies drop out of university

GMT 09:08 2017 Wednesday ,18 January

University of Melbourne named best in Australia

GMT 06:15 2017 Friday ,13 January

Cambridge English signs agreement with KHDA

GMT 08:45 2016 Tuesday ,27 December

Shah Rukh Khan To Students: Follow Your Heart

GMT 14:08 2016 Monday ,26 December

China To Promote Educational Trips Among Students
View News in Arabic - Education: جامعات عالمية
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Yemen children dream of school

GMT 07:25 2017 Friday ,24 March

Yemen children dream of school
Arab Today, arab today MP submits a petition to dismiss university head

GMT 06:21 2017 Friday ,24 March

MP submits a petition to dismiss university head
Arab Today, arab today Trump to roll back Obama clean power plan

GMT 11:10 2017 Monday ,27 March

Trump to roll back Obama clean power plan
Arab Today, arab today Prepares to give stargazers an eyeful

GMT 13:38 2017 Monday ,06 March

Prepares to give stargazers an eyeful
Arab Today, arab today Uber grounds self-driving cars

GMT 09:11 2017 Monday ,27 March

Uber grounds self-driving cars
Arab Today, arab today Audi RS 5 Coupe acquires new design

GMT 13:22 2017 Thursday ,23 March

Audi RS 5 Coupe acquires new design
Arab Today, arab today Actress Mervat Amin reveals her role in new series
Arab Today, arab today Salvage of South Korea's Sewol ferry

GMT 04:51 2017 Friday ,24 March

Salvage of South Korea's Sewol ferry

GMT 06:04 2017 Thursday ,23 March

Haifa Wahby bets on her new drama show

GMT 22:00 2017 Thursday ,23 March

Number of unwedded girls amounts to 2.5m

GMT 18:57 2017 Tuesday ,21 March

Accessories designer reveals her new collection

GMT 15:25 2017 Tuesday ,21 March

2017 already marked

GMT 13:26 2017 Friday ,24 February

Expresses Algerian history by woody figures

GMT 20:03 2017 Saturday ,25 March

Health expert warns from dust sensitivity

GMT 07:36 2017 Wednesday ,22 March

US, Britain ban laptops on flights

GMT 06:31 2015 Thursday ,04 June

Pluto's unruly moons

GMT 19:27 2017 Saturday ,11 March

Boualsof launches "Priestess Kahina" collection
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
 
 Arab Today Facebook,arab today facebook  Arab Today Twitter,arab today twitter Arab Today Rss,arab today rss  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday
بناية النخيل - رأس النبع _ خلف السفارة الفرنسية _بيروت - لبنان
arabstoday, Arabstoday, Arabstoday