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Press Release - 17 January 2006

Student applications up at Bath despite national downturn

The University of Bath has bucked a national trend for declining numbers of student applications at UK universities by reporting an increase in applications for undergraduate courses this year.

The Government’s Higher Education minister, Bill Rammel, recently warned that there could be a fall in the number of students applying for courses because of the introduction of so-called ‘top-up fees’ for courses starting in October 2006

Initial figures release by the University and College Admissions Service (UCAS) suggest that overall student applications for the UK are down by around 4.5 per cent.

However, overall applications to the University of Bath have increased by around 0.6 per cent.

“We are delighted to be among only a handful of UK universities to report an increase in student applications this year,” said Leslie Currie, Assistant Registrar at the University of Bath.

“We are doing extremely well in attracting international applications and our position with students from the UK and the European Union looks healthy as a result of our efforts to introduce attractive new programmes.

“This shows that the University of Bath – and the city of Bath itself – remains one of the most popular places to study in the country.

“This is a very healthy situation for the University of Bath to be in.

“More applicants means that tutors have a larger pool of potential students to choose from, and that we can continue to select the most able students to study at the University of Bath.”

The University has already launched a range of bursary schemes to help support students from less advantaged backgrounds whilst they are studying at University.

This is in addition to a number of government-backed initiatives to help students manage the costs associated with variable tuition fees and other expenses.

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