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.
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.
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.