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Increase in prospective graduates

Published: Friday, 20 July 2007   Category: Public sector

The number of graduates is set to increase again over the coming years with another rise in university applications.

The research, gathered by Ucas, has shown that the number of applicants to English universities increased by more than six per cent based on last years figures.

More than 30,000 will be joining the ranks of undergraduates next year by deciding to defer.

Applicants from lower income groups have also increased. The figure was 32.9 per cent - up by 0.5 per cent on last year

Sir Martin Harris, director of the Office for Fair Access, said: "This is another positive snapshot showing a small but steady rise in application figures. Once again I am encouraged by the fact the proportion of applicants from England, who are from the bottom four socio-economic groups, remains stable."

He added: "This is evidence that these students have not been put off university by the new fee and support regime."ADNFCR-1068-ID-18219047-ADNFCR

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