Growth in applications for places as UWE Bristol bucks national trend

Issue date: 02 February 2017


The University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) has reported a strong year-on-year increase in applications for places as numbers have fallen nationally.

Applications to the university made through admissions service UCAS by the January 15 deadline have soared 10 per cent on last year's figure from 24,758 to 27,287. This contrasts starkly with the 5 per cent overall drop recorded by higher education institutions across the UK combined.

The university attributes the growth in applications to start courses in September 2017 to strong employment outcomes, new facilities and strong student satisfaction.

Subject areas associated with industry skills shortages have fared best, with applications for places on biological sciences and computing degrees up 34 per cent and 17 per cent respectively.

UWE Bristol has also maintained its appeal with European Union students despite continued uncertainty surrounding Brexit. Applications from the EU have risen six per cent on the 2016 figure, well above the national trend (-7 per cent), while numbers for international students have grown by 26 per cent.

In keeping with all other UK universities, a fall in applications for healthcare courses has been registered (-19 per cent against a -23 per cent national average) following the Government's decision to withdraw nursing bursaries.

Jo Midgley, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Student Experience, said, “There is very high demand in the region for graduates with higher skills, as evidenced by the fact that 96 per cent of last year's UWE Bristol graduates moved into jobs or further study within six months of completing their courses. This figure is significantly above the UK average, and the majority of those recent graduates secured professional roles. It is therefore pleasing that we are seeing more interest in the university and what if offers, especially from those students who are the first in their family to progress into higher education.”

The university still welcomes motivated and ambitious prospective students to apply via UCAS throughout the application cycle.

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