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University applications fall by 7% in Wales

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The number of would-be students applying to university in Wales has fallen by 7%, according to analysis by UCAS.

Across the UK, 30,000 fewer people applied to start degree courses this autumn by January 15 - the main deadline for submitting applications.

The fall has been caused by a number of factors, UCAS suggested, including drops in EU student applications following the Brexit vote.

Despite the overall decrease, it is encouraging that the number of 18-year-old applicants remains high, and that application rates for disadvantaged groups continue to rise.

However, we are seeing large falls for older applicants, partly because of strong young recruitment in recent years... and probably also reflecting increased employment, the higher minimum wage and more apprenticeship opportunities.

– Mary Curnock Cook, UCAS Chief


Denbighshire school closed after gas smell

A council in north Wales has taken the decision to close a local school after reports of a smell of gas.

Blessed Edward Jones School was closed on Thursday afternoon Credit: Google Maps

Denbighshire County Council confirmed gas engineers have been notified.

Protection of historical place names drawn in Assembly ballot

A proposal for a new law to protect historical place names in Wales has been drawn in the first Member Bill ballot of the Fifth Assembly.

Member Bill ballots are designed to allow AMs who are not ministers or cabinet secretaries to bring forward proposals for new laws.

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Assembly Member for South Wales West Dai LLoyd’s name was drawn at random and he now has 25 working days to bring forward a motion asking the Assembly to vote on whether or not the Bill should be introduced.

A total of 29 suggestions were submitted for the ballot.

Plaid AM, Steffan Lewis, had proposed a bill to tighten rules on educational trips, but his proposal was not drawn in the ballot.

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