The UCAS end of cycle data shows more people applying and getting accepted to university but there are still gaps in participation based on a students’ background.
Claire Sosienski Smith, NUS Vice President (Higher Education) said:
“We of course welcome the increase in offers and applicants this year, however the education sector cannot afford to be complacent. Applications have increased markedly more in Scotland and Wales than in England, which could show the appeal of a fairer and more generous maintenance package to applicants. England has become the outlier within the UK for its lack of non-repayable maintenance support. This is something that NUS and representatives of the education sector are calling on the next government to change. This election will decide the future of so many key student issues, it is vital that students are ready to vote for the policies that matter to them on December 12th.”