There has been a 10% drop in applications from people in
England when higher fees
According to a recent survey by UCAS, 46,413
fewer students from England have applied than at the same time last
year. In reply the government commented that many people still see
University as a good investment, yet UCU academics’ said that the
figures highlighted the recklessness of raising fees to £9,000.
Overall applications from students in the UK
fell by 7.7%, the drop was it’s biggest in England at 10% as
students have to bear the full cost of their university
Universities Minister David Willetts said it
wasn’t too late to apply for university, adding that last year more
than 50,000 students applied at this point last year.
"Even with a small reduction in applications,
this will still be a competitive year like any other as people
continue to understand that university remains a good long-term
investment in their future.” He added.
General Secretary of the University and College Union Sally Hunt
said: "It should come as little surprise that applications in
England are hardest-hit as a result of the government making it the
most expensive country in the world in which to gain a public
"The number of older people being deterred from applying is
particularly concerning. If we want to compete with other leading
economies and produce highly-skilled workers we simply cannot
afford to have a system that puts people off university.
"Erecting punitive financial barriers is not the way to
encourage the best and brightest to get on. Do ministers really
want to return us to a time when money, not ability, mattered most
With graduate jobs still suffering because of the
double dip recession many college graduates are weighing up there
options. Employers and universities need to show that they are
providing jobs to the many unemployed graduates and the 320,000 set to graduate this
year to show that University is still a good investment.