UCAS End of 2015 Cycle report

16 December 2015

Responding to the UCAS End of Cyle Report, Dr Wendy Piatt, Director General of the Russell Group, said:

“We welcome the news from UCAS that once again students from the most disadvantaged backgrounds are now more likely to go onto higher education, including leading universities, than ever before.

“But there is still more progress to be made. Our universities have made concerted efforts over the last few years to spread the word to students that with the right grades in the right subjects a place at a Russell Group university is well within their grasp. Our student guide Informed Choices provides advice on the best subject combinations for a wide range of Russell Group university courses and the choices which will maximise your chances on getting on your preferred course.

“Prospective students know a good degree from a good university remains a sound investment for the vast majority.  Ten of the top 30 universities in the world, as ranked by employers, are Russell Group universities. And money worries shouldn’t stop anyone from applying: there are no up-front fees and repayments are only made when they’re affordable. If you’re good enough to get in, you can afford to go.”

Notes to Editors

  1. In 2016-17, the 20 Russell Group universities in England alone will be investing £243 million in scholarships, fee waivers, bursaries and outreach activities aimed at the most disadvantaged – with additional investments being made across the devolved administrations.
  2. According to the QS World University Rankings 2015, 11 of the top 50 universities in the world, as ranked by employers, are Russell Group universities.

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