UK: Record rush to beat fees rise

An unprecedented 74,234 candidates had completed applications for courses beginning in the autumn of 2011, more than ever before at such an early stage, writes Tim Ross for The Telegraph. Up to 220,000 candidates could be left without places next summer if the 4.2% year-on-year rise in applications continues, topping the record 210,000 students who missed places this year.

Academics said it represented the first indication of an 'inevitable' rush to enrol before an expected rise in tuition fees comes into force in 2012. The official figures come after an independent review from Lord Browne of Madingley, the former head of BP, who recommended removing the cap on undergraduate tuition fees and effectively allowing universities to charge up to £14,000 a year.
Full report on The Telegraph site

Pressure on the limited number of places at Scotland's universities is increasing with newly released figures showing a surge in applications for next year, writes Andrew Denholm for the Herald Scotland. Official statistics show there has been a 9% increase in the number of people who want to go to university in Scotland in 2011. The figures from Ucas - the UK body that administers university applications - show 2,773 have been received so far, compared to 2,547 the previous year.
Full report on the Herald Scotland site