Thursday, 21 January 2010
The University of Worcester continues to lead the way in the UK popularity stakes with applications rising for the ninth consecutive year.
The Universities’ and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) today released its final figures on applications for 2009, in which the University of Worcester recorded a 14.2 per cent increase in applications.
The University continues to build on that success with the ninth consecutive rise in applications, making it Britain’s fastest growing university.
Vice Chancellor, Professor David Green, said: “We’re delighted at the continuing increase in the University’s popularity. We believe our wide range of both established and new courses, quality of education and strong student recommendations are just some of the reasons why the University’s profile and standing continue to rise and our application figures reflect this.”
However, Professor Green sounded a warning in light of government cuts to higher education spending and a freeze on student numbers. “Despite the rise in applications, it now seems likely that 200,000 people wanting to go to university this year will be denied that opportunity,” he said. “The government’s new mechanism of fining universities will ensure that the much needed additional places are not created.
“Universities and Higher Education Colleges need to be allowed to recruit more full-time undergraduate students, without penalty. Many will do so, even if we receive no additional government funding for these additional students, as we appreciate the real needs of the potential students concerned and we are fully committed to the policy of widening participation in higher education.”
A wealth of part-time, flexible and full-time course opportunities are available at Worcester, enabling people of all ages and backgrounds to take their first steps into University study.
The University of Worcester offers hundreds of top quality courses ranging from nursing, teaching and midwifery through sport science, computing and business, to English, and archaeology. New courses include forensic biology, paramedic training, journalism, and sports therapy.