Increase of UCAS application rates at UEL double the national average

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The University of East London (UEL) has seen a huge increase in its number of undergraduate student applications for 2010 start, up by 49.1% from this time last year and double the national average.

The University of East London (UEL) has seen a huge increase in its number of undergraduate student applications for 2010 start, up by 49.1% from this time last year and double the national average.

Professor Patrick McGhee, Vice-Chancellor at UEL said: “This confirms the exceptional popularity of our university. Higher education not only provides the basis for better and higher paid job opportunities, but it is the best investment for economic recovery and prosperity in a region such as ours. Many of our applicants come from the local area and are working hard to get on in life. However, the Government’s limits on student places make our job increasingly difficult and the opportunities for our local community increasingly fewer. We hope that there is still scope for targeted support for those students whose aspirations have been raised but who now face stiff competition for places."

The figures issued by UCAS show record demand for places at university and colleges and more students being accepted into higher education than ever before.

The UCAS national picture shows a rise of 22.9% overall and applicants from overseas and the EU are the significant growth area.

Potential applicants and those who have already applied to UEL are being asked to consider early application and acceptance, as the current trend suggests that there will be many fewer places available nationally during Clearing in August this year.

Contact: UEL Press Office: 0208 223 2249 or 07894 512 995.

Notes to editors:
Percentage change in domicile of UEL UCAS applications 2009/2010: 62% increase from the EU, 52% increase from outside the EU and 44% increase from the UK. UCAS is a charity and is the world's leading shared admissions service for higher education. For further information visit http//.http://www.ucas.ac.uk (UCAS)

The University of East London (UEL) is a global learning community with 23,000 students from over 120 countries world-wide. Our vision is to achieve recognition, both nationally and internationally, as a successful and inclusive regional university proud of its diversity, committed to new modes of leaning which focus on students and enhance their employability, and renowned for our contribution to social, cultural and economic development, especially through our research and scholarship. We have a strong track-record in widening participation and working with industry.

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