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2015 university admissions will be as competitive as ever

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Nicola Dandridge, Chief Executive of Universities UK, said today that this year continues to see more applications to study at university. But with more places available, students who get the grades should find their place at an institution this autumn.

Speaking prior to the release of A-Level results this week, Nicola Dandridge said: “Despite the annual predictions that there will be a chaotic scramble for places, universities are, as always, prepared for the busy undergraduate admissions period. The removal of the cap on student numbers in England this year means that there are now more university places available for qualified students.

“As always, if applicants get the grades required in their offer, they will secure their place at university this autumn. For qualified applicants without a university place, there will still be a good chance to look for another suitable course from a wide range of universities via Clearing.

“It is important that we dispel the idea that Clearing is a ‘second best option’. Last year, a record 61,000 students found a place via the Clearing route, choosing from a wide variety of high quality courses available. With a good amount of research, and taking advantage of all the advice available, students can find the right university place for them.

“We have seen an increase in the number of applications compared to last year, with well over 655,000 applicants this year. Applicants rightly see a university degree as a valuable investment in their future. As the National Student Survey has shown, student satisfaction rates also remain at record levels.”

Referring to applications from non-EU countries, Nicola Dandridge added: “Non-EU student recruitment has grown since last year, but the rate of growth is slowing considerably. Not all international students apply through UCAS, so the UCAS figures may not offer a complete picture. UK universities offer a world class education experience and it is important for the UK to present a welcoming environment for international students.”​

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Universities UK

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Press and Social Media Officer
Universities UK


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