Sharp drop in university take-up

Tens of thousands fewer students started university courses this autumn following the move to triple tuition fees. A report shows 53,900 fewer students began their studies.

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Ucas report reveals huge drop in new students

Tens of thousands fewer students started university courses this autumn following the move to triple tuition fees, it has been suggested.

Concerns were also raised about the "worrying" drop-off in men entering higher education in the Ucas report on university entry for 2012 revealed.

File photo of graduates queue in the quadrangle of the Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford Credit: Chris Young/PA Wire

The report suggests that the fall was affected by fewer people deferring their degree last year so they could avoid paying newer, higher tuition fees.

Students who began degree courses this autumn were the first to pay tuition fees of up to £9,000.

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