Increase in Applications from Disadvantaged Students 2022
According to official figures, record numbers of disadvantaged students in the UK have applied to university this year.
The data, published by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (Ucas), shows that overall applications for UK 18-year-olds have exceeded all previous records. This will likely lead to increased competition for places on the most popular courses.
There has also been a surge in applications from international students, with Nigeria, India and China leading the way. This is good news for UK universities, which have become increasingly reliant on income from overseas students in recent years.
Despite this overall positive picture, there has been a fall in applications for nursing courses. This is likely due to the introduction of new rules that mean nurses must have a degree to practise in the UK.
The striking increase in applications from students in Nigeria is especially encouraging and suggests that the UK is becoming an increasingly popular destination for international students.
According to the director of policy at the Russell Group of intensive research universities, Sarah Stevens, “Today’s figures show that despite a highly competitive environment, the UK remains a world-class destination.” This is good news for the UK economy, which benefits greatly from the presence of world-leading universities.
The data published by Ucas today is cause for celebration, but also for a renewed commitment to ensuring that everyone who has the potential to benefit from higher education has the opportunity to do so.
With a total of 38,300 students from the country’s most disadvantaged areas applied to university this year, it’s clear that significant progress is being made in terms of social mobility. However, there is still a long way to go before we see true parity between different socioeconomic groups regarding accessing higher education.
It is also encouraging to see such a significant increase in applications from international students. This is good news for UK universities, which have become increasingly reliant on income from overseas students in recent years.
Despite the overall positive picture painted by today’s Ucas figures, there has been a fall in applications for nursing courses. This is likely due to the introduction of new rules that mean nurses must have a degree to practise in the UK.
The increase in applications from disadvantaged students is particularly welcome news, as it suggests that efforts to widen access to higher education are beginning to pay off. However, there is still a long way to go before we see true social mobility in our university system.
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