Deterred by dim sums

June 16, 2006

A senior member of the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service gave a candid account of why applications were marginally down this year. "It's the thick middle classes," she told a conference this week.

"They are now standing back from progressing into higher education. Perhaps they are questioning whether they really want a debt of £20,000 if they are not academic high-flyers."

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