Record enrolments still see 150,000 miss out on a university place
More than 150,000 university applicants missed out on a degree place this autumn — 25,000 more than in 2008 — despite record enrolments.
Universities in England defied government orders to recruit no more than an additional 13,000 students. Figures released yesterday show them acceptingthat they accepted nearly 20,000 more applicants than last year.
Universities in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland also increased their intakes.
But the largest-ever enrolment of 477,000 students throughoutacross Britain still left many disappointed. Almost 15,000 withdrew their applications and another 139,000, including many who did not achieve the required grades, were left without a place.
The limits on recruitment ordered by John Denham, as Universities Secretary, in a year when applications rose by 10 per cent, prompted fearshad led to fears of even larger numbers of unplaced applicants.
But 47,000 students — more than twice the number forecast by the Universities and College Admissions Service — were successful in the clearing process, which follows the publication of A-level results...>> Read more
Source: The Times Online
November 9, 2009, 10:32 am