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10/07/14 10:44

Record Scots uni applications

Two per cent rise in number of Scots applying to study in Scotland.

More Scots-domiciled students than ever before have applied to study at universities both in Scotland and the UK as a whole.

Key findings from the latest round of UCAS application figures show:

  • The number of Scots applying to Scottish Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) increased by 2 per cent to 43,170 in the 2014 cycle, a record high
  • The number of applicants from any country applying to study at a Scottish HEIs increased by 2 per cent to 113,030, a record high
  • The number of Scots-domiciled students applying to any UK HEIs increased by 2 per cent to 43,910, a record high.
  • The number of English domiciled students applying to English HEIs is 455,910, almost 20,000 below the pre-tuition fees level of 475,760.

Minister for Learning Alasdair Allan said:

“I am very pleased to see that a record number of Scots are applying to university both in Scotland and around the UK. This is in contrast with England where application numbers have still not returned to the pre-tuition fee levels. They remain almost 20,000 applicants below their pre-tuition fees level. There can be few stronger arguments for determination to keep education free here in Scotland.

“The Scottish Government is committed to ensuring Scottish students continue to have access to higher education based on the ability to learn rather than the ability to pay and we have made clear that this will continue in an independent Scotland.

“We have taken action to protect places for Scottish-domiciled students and ensure that Scotland is seen as the right place to study and not just the cheap option. Scotland’s universities are among the best in the world and today’s record figures show they are continuing to thrive.”

Notes to editors

Latest UCAS figures.