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Applicants to north-east universities at record high

By David Porter

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Universities in Scotland have seen a record number of prospective students applying to study for the academic year ahead, according to new figures from the Universities and Colleges Admission Service (UCAS).

The number of individuals applying to institutions increased by 10 per cent to 140,440.

The figures show the number of Scottish applicants from the most deprived areas applying to UK providers has increased by 11 per cent and there has been a 23 per cent rise in non-EU international applicants.

This year’s statistics also highlight a 41 per cent decrease in applicants based in EU countries looking to study in Scotland.

Higher and Further Education Minister Jamie Hepburn said:“These statistics show a steep rise in prospective students looking to study at Scottish Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), with applicants from Scotland’s most deprived areas increasing by 11 per cent to a record high.

“We have seen a big percentage increase in applicants from international students outside the EU and that again demonstrates the attractiveness of Scotland as a place to come to live and study.

“There was however a sharp drop in EU students applying to come to Scotland, which was always going to be an inevitable consequence of leaving the EU.

"We will continue to work with our international partners to strengthen our education and research relationships through scholarships and by promoting Scottish learning and research globally, recognising the ongoing importance of our close relationships with our European neighbours.”

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