The amount of
graduates unemployed and the current economic climate has affected
the amount of applicants to university for
Students looking at the amount of unemployed
graduates are said to doubt the value of a degree. There are
University graduates who are making sandwiches or coffee
and taking on internships with no pay and doubling their debt to do
so. The number of UK-born university applicants to start next
September when fees are rising to £9,000 a year has plummeted by
Figures published by the Universities Colleges
and Admissions Service (Ucas) revealed that 52,321 applicants
applied from the UK compared to 59,413 last year.
Sally Hunt, general secretary of the
university and College Union has said that the statistics show that
the government’s fees policy has been a disaster from the start.
"It is clearly having a serious impact on the choices young people
make," she said. "People should study the right course for them,
not just the cheapest one or none at all. These depressing figures
take us back to the time when it was cost, not ability that
determined your future."
Yet as it is early in the application process
many believe people are jumping the gun in labeling it a total
disaster. With tuition fees for many universities still not decided
upon, some students may be waiting to see which option may be the
Wendy Piatt, director general of the Russell
Group, which represents 20 leading universities in the UK,
including Oxbridge has said that top universities will be “pumping
millions more into financial support over the coming years”.
“Students should certainly not be put off university by the new
fees and funding system. If you're good enough to get in, you can
afford to go.
"We will continue to urge every student with
the talent, potential and ability to succeed at a Russell Group
university to apply. In addition to the government's student
support package and the fee waivers and bursaries that our
universities offer, we will continue actively to reach out to
students from all backgrounds, especially those with no family
history of higher education," Piatt said.
The government is been called upon to promote
jobs growth as more and more graduates become unemployed, and many students
consider options other than unviersity.