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North East pupils decide to stay in the region to study a degree

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50% of people from our region decided to stay in the North East to study for a degree in the year universities could put up tuition fees.

Figures from the Higher Education Statistics Agency also show Biological Sciences and degrees related to medicine were the most popular course choices in 2012/13.

In total 1200 fewer people from the North East took up university places in 2012 than the year before.

Out of the 12,405 who decided to study, nearly 8,000 opted to attend a higher education establishment in the North East.

In September 2012 universities in England could raise tuition fees to up to £9,000 per year.

UCAS figures do suggest that applications have bounced back this year.

Fewer people going to university

1200 fewer people from the North East took up university places in 2012 than the year before, says the Higher Education Statistics Authority.

In the academic year 2011/2012, 13,615 from the region started a degree course compared to 12,405 for 2012/13.

In September 2012 new rules came in which allowed universities in England to raise tuition fees to up to £9,000 per year if they wanted to.

Universities in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland could also change their fees but home students were not affected.

UCAS figures do suggest that applications have bounced back this year.

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Full Report: University applications down as Oxbridge universities appeal to more students to apply

New figures have suggested that there are still fewer pupils from poorer families getting into North East universities.

Institutions across the region say that pupils' aspirations must be raised - an idea also echoed by Oxford and Cambridge Universities, who today set up shop in St James' Park to try do exactly that.

You can watch the full report from our education correspondent Dan Ashby below.

Oxbridge universities in region to attract more applicants

Representatives fromOxford and Cambridge University have been in the North East trying to attract more applicants to their universities from the region.

Only 540 pupils from the North East applied to the two universities last year, which made up less than two per cent of their total applications.

The universities are trying to encourage pupils to aim for higher grades by introducing them to students who have got in.

New report finds apprentices have better employment prospects

A new report from the Association of Accounting Technicians has concluded that apprenticeships must be on equal footing with university degrees.

With the release of the latest NEET figures, the study has highlighted the role apprenticeships play in getting school and college leavers into work.

Industry experts are calling upon the government today to give a greater priority to and focus on vocational courses over university degrees, after a major report revealed that apprenticeships could result in comparable earnings to a university graduate.

Whilst 44% of graduates are predicted to be either underemployed or unemployed six months after leaving full time education, the report reveals that just 4.5% of those with Level 4 vocational qualifications are unemployed.

Statement from Northumbria University

Northumbria University have released a statement with regard to the news that hundreds of members of its staff will be offered voluntary redundancy in an effort to make itself "moreefficient and effective" in the future.

“Higher education is undergoing massive change at the moment.

We are now operating in an increasingly challenging environment.

To ensure our continued success, we are looking at ways of better supporting the University’s business to put us in a strong position to meet our students’ needs.

While some roles may be reshaped, new opportunities will also become available to others.

Support staff will continue to provide roles which are critical to our success and we are committed to avoiding compulsory redundancies.

A discretionary voluntary severance scheme is available to staff in some areas.”

– Spokesperson for Northumbria University

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Hundreds of staff offered voluntary redundancy

Northumbria University has offered 700 members of its staff the chance to apply for voluntary redundancy in an effort to make itself "more efficient and effective" in the future.

A spokesperson told ITV News that it was not expecting all 700 to take redundancy, but is offering the option to many people whose job has changed.

Academic support, communication, admin and IT staff are all part of the consultation.

Teesside University reveals local job boost

A digital centre for excellence on Teesside has revealed it's put £20 million back into the local economy through job creation.

DigitalCity Innovation (DCI) at Teesside University says it's created at least 265 jobs and 190 companies since 2008, through business support programmes and local industry connections.

Laura Woods, head of academic enterprise at Teesside University, said:

"We've looked closely into what the Tees Valley and wider North East need in terms of skilled graduates, and which areas of business are growing.

"These figures show DCI is working. A cluster of digital businesses has been built up in the North East and there are talented graduates and postgraduates being produced to work in these businesses."

– Laura Woods, head of academic enterprise at Teesside University
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