Fewer Welsh students apply to university

The number of Welsh students applying for a place at university has fallen, new figures have shown. Data from the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) revealed that there were 2.2% fewer applications last week than at the same time last year, writes Gareth Evans for Wales Online.

In the latest snapshot of 2012 trends, there were 22,001 applications from Welsh students – 493 down on the total March 2011 intake. But the drop is small when compared with England, where 43,824 (9.8%) fewer students have applied to university. The public purse will ensure Welsh-domiciled learners continue to pay around £3,400 (US$5,400) for their studies from September, despite a trebling of tuition fees.

But a marked fall in the number of English learners, who do not have a government subsidy, applying to courses in Wales will be of concern to Education Minister Leighton Andrews. A favourable cross-border flow of students is crucial to the Welsh government’s fee policy.

Preliminary data show that the number of English-domiciled students applying to Welsh universities has fallen by 12.5% – while the number of Welsh learners opting for England-based courses is up 2.2%.
Full report on the Wales Online site