Recent numbers revealed by Ucas announce a record high among 18-year olds applying for University in England.
The Ucas figures also denotes one of the highest number of UK university applicants from outside the EU. Reports record an increase of 8%, with 81,340 students.
The result from the admission service statistics show 236,350 school leavers which is a total of 40%, 3970, in total had applied by June 30. The number is quoted to be higher than in 2018.
One of the attributes for the increase in the number of applicants can be seen due to the fall of tuition fees in England, which was cut from £9,250 to £7,500. 275,520 young people applied to the University this year in the UK, a number greater than 272,910 in 2018, but less than 278,130 in 2017.
Additionally, among the applicants there was also a substantial number of mixed-race, Asian and Black, while the number of white applicants fell considerably. Moreover, the number of EU applicants also rose to 50,660, from 50,120 in 2018. An upsurge recorded despite the uncertainty of Brexit.
In his statement on the situation, chief Executive of UK universities addressed one of the reasons for the increase, “Employer demand for graduates continues to rise – educating more people of all ages at university will grow the economy faster, by increasing productivity, competitiveness, and innovation. Growing the number of graduates will enhance social mobility. Our universities have a well-deserved global reputation for high-quality teaching, learning and research, delivered by talented staff, while students report rising levels of satisfaction with their courses.”
Ucas chief executive Clare Marchant also mentioned that clear opening offered people various choices at the end of the year. “The post-qualification application route is available as a plan A for many, with over 17,500 using it to apply with results in hand last year,” he added.
The report however suggested a fall in number of 18-year old applicants from Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. 220 fewer applicants in Wales, 610 less in Scotland and 530 fewer applicants in Northern Ireland were recorded in the report.