Anglia Ruskin attracts over 10,000 degree applications as it sharpens up its profile

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.

“Our future depends on offering courses which attract students and this data confirms that Anglia Ruskin University, by offering degree courses which lead on to careers and worthwhile employment, is following exactly the right route for its future development”,

said Alan Cain, Director of Marketing at Anglia Ruskin University.

“Students are increasingly viewing higher education as an investment in their own future and the surest way into many professions and career paths. With so many people chasing jobs, a degree is still, in most cases, the easiest route to take to widen career prospects, open up job opportunities and maximise through-life earnings potential.”

“We are delighted that Anglia Ruskin is winning over the interest of an increasing number of potential students each year and gaining in momentum as one of the major education and training forces of the East of England.”

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.