Despite national downturn, Lincoln university applications are up

University applications for the first year with tuition fees of up to £9,000 are up in Lincoln, despite a national drop of almost 9%.

UCAS figures published on Monday show the number of UK university applications dropped by 8.7% nationally.

In Lincoln, however, the number of applications has actually increased.

Bishop Grosseteste University College Lincoln recorded an increase of 18.1% in applications to the official deadline of January 15, to 1,919 from 1,585 last year.

BG is charging £7,500 per year for student tuition fees for the majority of its courses and £9,000 for PGCE courses.

The University of Lincoln, which had to reduce its student intake by 11% due to funding cuts, has seen a slight increase of 0.5% in applications as well.

Applications for its £9,000 per year courses went up to 12,576 from 12,387.

University Registrar Chris Spendlove said: “We have seen strong demand for subjects with clearly defined routes into established professions, with notable increases in applications for engineering, accountancy, architecture, nursing and law, among others.”

The University of Lincoln also noted an increase of almost 75% in applications from international students, mainly from China and India, while EU applications remained “steady”.

UCAS Chief Executive Mary Curnock Cook said: “Our analysis shows that decreases in demand are slightly larger in more advantaged groups than in the disadvantaged groups.

“The indications are that demand for HE will continue to outstrip the number of places available in 2012.”

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