Record numbers claim university places
The Ucas admissions service advises that 409,000 places have been confirmed, a 3% compared to last year. This may be due to the lifting of the cap on university places in England meaning that there are now no limits on how many students one university can take. Subsequently there may be even more places offered before the start of term.
Mary Curnock Cook, head of the admissions service was pleased with the rising numbers and said they were an "impressive outcome".
Along with the increase in places offered there has also been a 5% increase in places for 18 year olds in the UK, however there is also a reduction among older people applying to universities. The gender gap has also increased with 27,000 more women than men about to start university this year.