Derby hit worst by university application drop

Derby has seen a near 20 per cent fall in the number of applications to begin university study in the city this academic year compared to last year, according to a blog by think-tank Centre for Cities.

The city-by-city breakdown of UCAS university application data by the think-tank shows that Hull saw a drop of 16.5 per cent and Sunderland a fall of 15.9 per cent, the second and third largest declines among the 41 UK cities with higher education institutions.

The blog points out that any persistent decline in actual student numbers would be likely to result in a corresponding drop in spending, hitting the local economy.

Only 12 cities saw a year-on-year rise in applications, with Reading at 10.5 per cent, Huddersfield with 9.6 per cent and Cambridge at 9.4 per cent leading the way, according to the breakdown.

Overall, there was a five per cent decline in the number of degree applications for the next academic year, the blog reveals.

However, it says that there was likely to have been a short-term spike in applications to start courses ahead the introduction of higher tuition fees in September this year.

The blog is available here.

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