Responding to the UCAS End of Cycle Report 2016, University Alliance Chief Executive Maddalaine Ansell said:
“More students gained a university place this year than ever before – this is testament to the enduring value of a university education. The rise in the proportion of young people from low-participation neighbourhoods going to university shows the impact of outreach and widening participation activities but the sector cannot afford to rest on its laurels. There is a lot of work to do if the student population is to reflect the country as a whole.
“The fall in the number of mature students is a real concern. It is essential for a strong economy and an equitable society that people can access opportunities and continue learning at every stage of life – not just school leavers. University Alliance’s Lifelong learning manifesto outlines how this ambition can be realised through more flexible funding arrangements, improving information, advice and guidance and incentivising collaboration.”
Notes to editors:
- University Alliance’s Lifelong learning manifesto: Making lifelong learning a reality published in November 2016, is online here.