Sun 5th Feb by Hatti Dingle
Fee Hikes Diminish University Applications
Applications to University from UK students was down on average 8.7% compared to last year, according to the University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). This coincides with the increase in tuition fees to £9000 at English Universities and affirms the early predictions that application numbers would diminish.
However, Sasha Watson, SUSU’s Vice President for Academic Affairs, said that the figures for the University of Southampton, although not yet released, were anticipated to show a less dramatic decline.
There has been a much bigger drop in applications in England than those in Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, with applications in England down 9.9% and those from Scottish students down just 1.5%.
Meanwhile, an independent commission has been set up to look at the impact of increased tuition fees on young people from low and middle income backgrounds. The panel, led by Will Hutton, Principal of Hertford College, Oxford, aims to provide a dispassionate analysis of the effects of the rising fees and will be working closely with UCAS.