Despite the coronavirus lockdown, universities across the UK have recorded an increase in the number of applications from students.
According to the university admissions service Ucas about two-fifths of 18-year-olds had applied by June, with the biggest rise at the peak of the Covid-19 crisis. For the first time, more than 40.5 per cent of students had applied by 30 June to go to university.
Last year the admissions cycle figure was 38.9 per cent. Ucas revealed that between mid-March and the end of June, when the coronavirus outbreak was at its peak in the UK, applicants had risen by 17 per cent. These figures have relieved universities getting ready for the coronavirus aftershock.
Ucas chief executive, Clare Marchant, said: “Universities and colleges are setting out their ambitions to welcome students to their campuses this autumn, with many planning to blend high-quality online learning with face-to-face teaching and support.
“Confidence is building for an autumn term that safely captures the essence of the academic year’s traditional start as much as possible.”
Normally the year on year increase in students applying for nursing was 15 per cent according to Ucas however, for the first time in more than a quarter (25.4 per cent) of the youth from underprivileged backgrounds had submitted their applications to university or college by 30 June, the final deadline to apply for up to five courses at once.
It is still unknown how many students will change their minds and opt not to go to university in September, unnerved by the impact of the coronavirus restrictions on student experience.