Applications lacking: Wales and the North East lag

Wales and the North East of England have the lowest university application rates in the UK, Ucas data demonstrate

August 1, 2013

Source: Demand for Full-time Undergraduate Higher Education, Ucas

Figures published on 23 July show that less than 31 per cent of 18-year-olds applied to higher education from those regions in 2013, compared with rates of 48 per cent in Northern Ireland and 42 per cent in London.

According to Demand for Full-time Undergraduate Higher Education, in all regions the application rate has risen since 2004.

The biggest jump is in the North West of England, where the proportion has increased by 38 per cent.

Some of the changes since 2004 have reduced or reversed regional differences, Ucas adds.

In 2004, 18-year-olds in the South East were nearly 20 per cent more likely to apply to university than those living in the North West; in 2013, this difference had reduced to 4 per cent.

Notes: Map designed so that the size of each area approximates the size of its population. Demand for higher education in further education colleges in Scotland is not included.

elizabeth.gibney@tsleducation.com

You've reached your article limit

Register to continue

Registration is free and only takes a moment. Once registered you can read a total of 6 articles each month, plus:

  • Sign up for the editor's highlights
  • Receive World University Rankings news first
  • Get job alerts, shortlist jobs and save job searches
  • Participate in reader discussions and post comments
Register

Have your say

Log in or register to post comments

Featured Jobs

Analyst

Greenwich School Of Management Ltd

PhD Research Fellow in Medical Physics

Norwegian University Of Science & Technology -ntnu

Senior Knowledge Officer

European Association For International Education

Postdoctoral position in Atmospheric and Space Physics

Norwegian University Of Science & Technology -ntnu
See all jobs

Most Commented

Doctoral study can seem like a 24-7 endeavour, but don't ignore these other opportunities, advise Robert MacIntosh and Kevin O'Gorman

Matthew Brazier illustration (9 February 2017)

How do you defeat Nazis and liars? Focus on the people in earshot, says eminent Holocaust scholar Deborah Lipstadt

Improvement, performance, rankings, success

Phil Baty sets out why the World University Rankings are here to stay – and why that's a good thing

Warwick vice-chancellor Stuart Croft on why his university reluctantly joined the ‘flawed’ teaching excellence framework

people dressed in game of thrones costume

Old Germanic languages are back in vogue, but what value are they to a modern-day graduate? Alice Durrans writes