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Willetts comments on UCAS application statistics

“Demand for university places looks to be levelling off after unprecedented demand in 2010. We provided an additional 10,000 places last year…

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“Demand for university places looks to be levelling off after unprecedented demand in 2010. We provided an additional 10,000 places last year and universities will again be able to recruit the same number of additional new students this autumn.**


“Going to university has always been a competitive process and not all who apply are accepted. Despite this we do understand how frustrating it is for young people who wish to go to university and are unable to find a place. We are opening up other routes into a successful career. Our reforms will make part-time university study more accessible and we are also investing in new apprenticeship places, with an additional 75,000 being created by 2014.”**

Notes to editors:

  1. The UCAS application statistics are available at http://www.ucas.ac.uk/about_us/media_enquiries/media_releases/2011/20110228

  2. BIS’ online newsroom contains the latest press notices, speeches, as well as video and images for download. It also features an up to date list of BIS press office contacts. See http://www.bis.gov.uk/newsroom for more information.

Notes to Editors

Contact Information

Name BIS Press Office Job Title

Division COI Phone

Fax

Mobile

Email NDS.BIS@coi.gsi.gov.uk

Name Michael Gibbs Job Title

Division Department for Business, Innovation and Skills Phone 020 7215 1635 Fax

Mobile

Email michael.gibbs@bis.gsi.gov.uk

Published 28 February 2011