A generation of boys is turning its back on university in the wake of the rise in tuition fees to up to £9,000 a year, according to UK figures released today.
Final figures for this year’s university intake, published by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), show a 54,000 slump – 13 per cent down on the previous year (higher than earlier predictions).
A breakdown showed that the gender gap in entrants had reached an all-time high with the fall in the entry rate being four times higher for men than women.
The Scottish Government has announced new university places which will see 2000 additional places in total, including 1700 places for widening access and for college students moving to university (see note 1). The new places are worth £10m and follow NUS Scotland’s campaigning work to see fairer access to higher education in Scotland.
Increasing places for widening access and college students moving to university were key recommendations of NUS Scotland’s Unlocking Scotland’s Potential (note 2) report released this summer.
The UK’s top universities have warned they will need more public funding if they are to continue to compete with institutions around the world.
The Russell Group, which represents 24 of the UK’s leading universities including Oxford and Cambridge, said other nations are pumping millions of pounds into research and higher education.
Thousands of students will march through the streets of London to stand up for their future. With a government that is consistently taking students’ futures from them, it is more important than ever that your voice is heard.
Education is being compromised for a large majority of young people now and in the future with real terms cuts in schools, more privatisation for schools becoming academies, added competition from a growing population, increased day to day assessment and pay freezes and unemployment ahead for many teachers in UK schools and sixth form colleges.
NUS has responded to a new party political broadcast by Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg, in which he apologised for signing NUS’ pledge on tuition fees prior to the 2010 general election.