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Devon and Cornwall see huge drop in university applications

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: November 22, 2012

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Parts of the Westcountry have seen a staggering drop of almost a fifth in the number of people applying to university since tuition fees were trebled.

The figures, released by the House of Commons Library, reveal the South West has seen one of the two biggest drops in university hopefuls in the last year across the UK.

In one constituency, Plymouth Moor View, the number of applications was down by an astonishing 16%.

Constituency MP Alison Seabeck, said the figures were "predictable and disappointing."

"Every young person who wants to go to university and who is academically able to go should not have to hinder their ambition because of the spectre of such significant personal debt.

"It's unacceptable that we should see such a fall in applications at a time when we know that the economy will continue to need a more skilled workforce."

According to the National Union of Students (NUS), which compiled the regional figures, there has been a drop of 12.6% in the number of people applying to university in the South West.

This is just marginally below the biggest drop of 12.7% which was experienced in the North East.

Across the region, researchers showed that less and less people were considering university education since tuition fees were allowed to be levied at up to £9,000 per year.

The biggest fall in Cornwall was in the South East constituency, which saw a 17% drop in applications. In St Austell and Newquay it was -16%, Truro and Falmouth -14%, in St Ives -12%, Camborne and Redruth -10% and in North Cornwall, -3%.

In Devon, Totnes saw the biggest fall of 19% with the lowest fall in Plymouth Sutton and Devonport at -9%.

Exeter University, which was recently named Sunday Times University of the Year, said it had bucked the trend.

A spokeswoman said: "So far for 2013, we have received 3,300 more home and EU undergraduate applications at this point in the cycle compared to last year," she said.

"Even excluding medicine, for which we are recruiting directly for the first time, applications are up by 1,742. This represents an increase of 18.8% on comparative data to last year."

A Department for Business, Innovation and Skills spokesperson said: "The Government's reforms have made the university system fairer and more progressive."

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  • Nevman  |  November 25 2012, 7:35AM

    And the employment you chose for all this wit, intelligence and personality, CharlieBob, was to better yourself and the human race by trolling an unimportant local newspaper's website. I see.

  • CharlieDodd  |  November 24 2012, 10:32PM

    I was born with a superhuman wit, intellect and magnetic personality so i never bothered going to uni (I'd have been bored). Lord Sugar might well have been referring to me when he said- "It's personality that opens doors in life, and character that keeps them open"

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  • Jon_33  |  November 24 2012, 9:30PM

    Aahh, but it's hard to beat Charlie when it comes to ignorance.

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  • Nevman  |  November 24 2012, 9:08PM

    The sheer jaw-dropping ignorance of that comment is its own refutal, CharlieBob.

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  • CharlieDodd  |  November 24 2012, 8:01PM

    Unis may have been useful in the past, but nowadays people can learn everything for free off the internet in the comfort of their own homes so it's high time unis were closed down, they serve no useful purpose at all..:)

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  • Nevman  |  November 24 2012, 4:42PM

    You can't bear to see images of Afro-Caribbeans and Asians, Jabba, and you think such images drive 'english' people away - yet you say you're not a racist? Rubbish! That's as ridiculous as your paranoid fantasy that you're surrounded by 'socialists'.

  • jabbathebutt  |  November 24 2012, 9:23AM

    @dan,dan... I am not racist at all. The fact that I see and note "placement" everywhere I look makes me see racism still exists. The people who make these posters and adverts sit down and actualy think in race terms . You call that not being racist ? You want equality ? Then have equality .The sooner this socialist rubbish is stopped the sooner people will be as equals .

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  • Nevman  |  November 24 2012, 8:56AM

    And the moral is that if only he'd been a slacker like you he could have enjoyed your fantastic troll lifestyle too, eh, CharlieBob?

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  • CharlieDodd  |  November 23 2012, 7:09PM

    A kid called Melvin in our street used to sit gloomily at his bedroom window watching us play football on the green because his parents forced him to stay in swotting for his uni exams because they'd decided he was going to be a lawyer. He got to uni, qualified as a lawyer, then a few years later had a serious nervous breakdown, there's a moral there somewhere..

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  • leeroymeboy  |  November 23 2012, 1:45PM

    "@Charliedodd That is why you only worked in a hotel, got shot at in Leicester and live in a rented flat." Quoted for truth!

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