UWE Bristol continues to buck national university application trend

Issue date: 07 February 2018


UWE Bristol students

Admissions statistics released this week reveal demand for courses at the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) is going from strength to strength.

For the second consecutive year, the university bucked the national trend by registering a growth in applications for degrees starting in September.

Applications for places on undergraduate courses at UWE Bristol increased by 4.7 per cent on the previous year, according to data issued by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Altogether 28,347 applications were received by the January 15 deadline, up from 27,081 in 2017.

A downturn of 0.9 per cent was reported across universities nationally, with 559,000 people applying to higher education in all.

Application numbers at UWE Bristol have been bolstered by its rising student satisfaction ranking, market leading employment outcomes and investment in new facilities.

UWE Bristol's overall student satisfaction score of 88 per cent - derived from student feedback in the National Student Survey 2017 - is the highest in the South West and four percentage points above the national average. The University is also ahead of all West universities for employment and further study, based on the latest Higher Education Statistical Agency data on students who graduated in 2016.

A new state-of-the-art £55 million business school building opened last year as the jewel in the crown of a £300 million capital investment programme across all campuses. The programme includes a new animation and filmmaking studio at City Campus.

A UWE Bristol spokesperson said: “These latest figures, in a challenging environment for the sector, indicate that prospective students are recognising the benefits of our practise-led learning approach which helps equip graduates for employment.

“The University has taken great strides in the past year, investing heavily in the learning environment with the launch of two major new buildings and receiving its best ever student satisfaction score.”

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

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