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University applications plummet over new fees

Issue No. 2288

University applications from students in England have fallen by 8.7 percent in the past year. The most notable is the plummet in over-21s applying.

The applications also show a new concentration of students in subjects such as medicine and business‑focused degrees.

But this is not surprising when the government has slashed funding for humanities subjects to zero.

The tripling of tuition fees to £9,000 has made thousands of people think twice about going to university.

The huge anger against the government’s wider plans for education has seen them partly back off from the next stage of “reform”.

But we cannot be complacent. The National Union of Students has called a lobby of parliament on 7 March. The Education Activist Network and others have organised a feeder march to the lobby on the day.

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Sat 4 Feb 2012, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 2288
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