Students applications to the University of Derby increase by 7%, twice the national average
APPLICATIONS to the University of Derby for places in September are up more than 7% on last year, according to the latest national admission figures issued by UCAS.
Nationally, 3.5% more students want to go to university this autumn than at the same stage last year.
The increases follow an 8% drop in the number of people going into higher education in 2012, after students were forced to pay up to £9,000 in tuition fees for the first time.
Professor John Coyne, University of Derby vice-chancellor, said: "To have increased our application rate above the national average is a hugely positive outcome for us during what remains an uncertain time across the sector.
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"This reflects the two elements we put at the heart of our approach at Derby.
"Firstly, our personal touch, which sees our students benefit from small class sizes, a personal tutor and careers advice.
"It can be no coincidence that the most recent National Student Satisfaction Survey shows Derby students to be more satisfied with their university experience than ever before.
"Secondly, our work-ready ethos means that our graduates don't just leave us with a degree certificate but with the practical skills and experience needed to give them a head start when entering the world of work.
"It is clear that the new fees regime means prospective students and their parents are thinking more carefully than ever before about which university to commit to."
Professor Coyne said that a wealth of statistics and league tables were "no substitute" for visiting a university.
He said: "We firmly believe that speaking to the people there and getting that first-hand feel of what a university has to offer is more reliable.
"Through 2012, we have seen record number of visitors to our open days, where we treat people as individuals.
"We still firmly believe that going to university is the right choice for young people and essential for the long-term growth and success of the British economy."