University applications soar

The number of people applying for places at UK universities was up by 1.4 per cent this year, new figures reveal.

According to data from Ucas, there was a total of 647,008 applications made this year, up by 9,235 from 2010.

Applications from UK-based students were up 0.8 per cent to 550,147, while applications from other EU countries rose 5.8 per cent to 45,727 and applications from non-EU countries increased 4.9 per cent to 51,134.

The sharp increase will give rise to fears that a growing number of students will not be able to secure a place at a university for the coming academic year.

Aaron Porter, NUS president, told the Press Association: “Last year over a quarter of a million qualified and ambitious young people missed out on a deserved place at university.

“This year the government has failed to add to the number of university places, withdrawing a small previously planned rise, meaning we are likely to see an increase in the numbers being denied a place.”