Big drop in women's applications after university tuition fees increase
Posted on: Wednesday 2nd November 2011Figures from the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service showed the drop in women candidates was almost twice as high as among men.
In addition, the overall picture showed it was courses in the creative arts and public services, such as education and nursing, which were suffering the biggest drop in numbers.
It also revealed that - while the overall drop in applications was nine per cent - the fall in the UK was higher (11.9 per cent). Applications from overseas students eligible for full-cost fees of up to £20,000 a year have risen by 8.8 per cent.
University vice-chancellors and ministers were quick to stress it was too early to draw firm conclusions from the figures. However, there was a chorus of condemnation from students, lecturers' leaders and opposition MPs.
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