Published: 19 July 2007 at 13:38
Official figures from the universities and colleges admissions service (UCAS) have, this week, revealed that Anglia Ruskin University, with a bumper increase of 20% in its applications, has recorded one of the highest increases in the university sector, ranking among the top 10 for this year’s substantial increase. In some subject areas, the University has recorded unprecedented increases in degree applications. Its top four largest jumps by subject areas include Animal Science, Architecture, Tourism and Teacher Training.
According to the recently-released UCAS figures, while there has been a 5.3% rise in applications within higher education following on from the dip in 2006, attributed to the introduction of the ‘study now, pay later’ £3,000 per year tuition fee, there are wide variations in university performance.
For Anglia Ruskin University, attracting over 10,000 degree applications to date, with still more expected, this is proving to be its best year ever in terms of attracting interest from prospective undergraduates. Anglia Ruskin is positioned ninth in the top 10, ranking along with other universities such as Surrey and Exeter.
This year’s figures, recorded on 30 June at the end of the main UCAS applications cycle, have once again exceeded even the most optimistic projections the University had been making for the September 2007, full-time, undergraduate intake.
The University believes that the reasons behind this year’s unprecedented jump in its applications can be attributed in part to more widespread acceptance of the new tuition fees system, with its key features of no upfront payment and a repayment scheme which begins only after graduation when the individual is in a job and earning more than £15,000 a year.
In addition, Anglia Ruskin’s own generous system of scholarships, among the very best in the country, and its excellent support to students wanting part-time employment to help with their living costs, have proved enormously popular. However, the real key to success the University believes is its practical, work-relevant courses.
The degree schemes on offer at Anglia Ruskin University are designed to meet the ever-changing needs of the workplace. For 2008, courses such as Fashion and Interior Design and Film, Television and Theatre Design, demonstrate how responsive the University is to changing demands from growth sectors within the economy.