Friday, 16 July 2010
Applications to study at Britain's fastest growing university have soared above the national average once again, according to the latest figures from UCAS.
The University of Worcester has seen applications more than double in the past five years, and triple over the last seven. This year applications are up by more than 26%, compared to a national average increase of 12%.
The University’s very high quality education, most recently recognised by OFSTED as “outstanding” for teacher training has meant that it has been the most successful university in the UK in increasing fully funded places.
However, despite the University’s continued popularity and growth, particularly in the vital areas of science, computing, teacher training and nursing, Worcester’s Vice Chancellor has warned that the government’s ongoing cap on student numbers and fines for universities who over recruit will leave many tens of thousands of well qualified people without a place at university this year.
Professor David Green said: “Demand for university education has soared since the recession hit Britain. Nearly a quarter of a million applicants will not get places this year – double the number three years ago. Many will be highly qualified, able young people who would have secured a place at any other time in the last 20 years. Their skilled work will be at the heart of Britain’s future prosperity. If universities are to meet at least some of this huge increase in demand this September then the fines for ‘over recruitment’ and the sinister ‘control numbers’ imposed by government must be abolished. Otherwise the government will unwittingly consign a record number of 18 year olds to the dole this autumn.”
The University of Worcester has received over 12,000 applications this year well over 2,000 more than last year.