Commenting on the UCAS January deadline statistical release, University Alliance Chief Executive Maddalaine Ansell said:
“Making university education available to everyone who can benefit is fundamental to social mobility in Britain. So it is encouraging that those from the most disadvantaged backgrounds are more likely to apply than ever before. This is testament to the hard work of institutions, that want to contribute to society, reaching out.
“But as the Prime Minister has rightly highlighted this week, large disparities still exist. Today’s statistics reveal the persistent gap in application rates between localities, as well as a large and worrying fall in numbers of applications from mature students.
“The whole HE sector has a responsibility to do better to identify and nurture talent wherever it exists – this will require creative thinking and innovative approaches.”