Commenting on UCAS June application deadline statistics, University Alliance Chief Executive Maddalaine Ansell said:
“These statistics show the continuation of some worrying trends, with a fall in the number of applications from mature students, from the European Union and a sharp decline in those applying to study nursing courses, particularly from older age cohorts.
“We need to make it as easy as possible for people to attend university later in life, to gain new skills or change careers, and the decline in lifelong learning has been a growing concern for some years now. The government’s pilots are a positive step in the right direction but must be matched by a coherent, ambitious strategy.
“While the small rise in the number of non-EU international students is welcome, this does not make up for the drop in applications from the EU. This reinforces the need for the most open arrangement possible as Britain leaves the EU so that those with the talent from overseas can continue to come here to study without facing barriers.”