Monday 28 November 2011

The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) today released the latest figures showing applications to higher education courses at UK higher and further education institutions at 21 November 2011.

Commenting on the figures, GuildHE CEO, Andy Westwood, said:

“It’s still too early to tell how many students will end up applying for entry to higher education in 2012, given that typically no more than 1 in 4 eventual applications have been made at this stage. There is significant evidence of increased interest in open days and visits and that applicants are taking longer to weigh up their options and choices. Furthermore it should be remembered that last year there were some 200,000 more applications than places and so even a 13% drop does not necessarily mean a fall in the eventual number of students.”


For more information and comment:

Dee Easter
Tel: 020 7387 7711

Notes to editors

1. GuildHE is a recognised higher education representative body. For a list of GuildHE institutions, please visit: 

2. UCAS statistics can be found at


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