Rise in university applications

30 January 2015

Commenting on the release of UCAS application figures for 2015 university entry, Dr Wendy Piatt, Director General of the Russell Group, said:

"Once again a record number of potential students have recognised the benefits of going to university. It is important that potential students know that good a degree from a good university remains a sound investment for the vast majority. 

“We are pleased these figures also show another increase in the rates of applications from the most disadvantaged students.  As we have said before, money worries shouldn’t stop anyone from applying: there are no up-front fees, repayments are only made when they’re affordable and there is generous help with living costs.

“About one in three Russell Group students receive a bursary or scholarship that never has to be repaid, and our universities are spending unprecedented sums on financial support. Every student with the talent, potential and ability to succeed at a Russell Group university should apply. If you’re good enough to get in, you can afford to go."

Notes to Editors

  1. UCAS figures reveal a 2% increase in the total number of applicants (592,290) to higher education courses compared to the same point last year.
  2. Application rates for 18 year olds in all UK countries are at their highest ever levels.
  3. Young people from the most disadvantaged areas across the UK are more likely to apply to higher education than ever before, continuing to close the gap on the most advantaged.
  4. For more information visit the UCAS website.

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