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Rise in university applications smaller than expected

Published: Tuesday, 17 May 2011   Category: All Graduate job news

There is likely to be less competition for top graduate vacancies after it was announced that there was a smaller rise in applications to university than expected.

According to the University and College Admissions Service (Ucas), there was a 2.1 per cent rise in people applying to go to university.

This increase is smaller than expected; a huge rush for university places was predicted as students try to get in to higher education before the new higher fees come in.

However, there are fears that many of the applicants will be left disappointed.

David Willetts, the universities minister, admitted that the competition will be exasperating for people who do not get accepted.

"Going to university has always been a competitive process and not all who apply are accepted," he said.

"Despite this we do understand how frustrating it is for young people who wish to go to university and are unable to find a place."

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