Dear friends,

 

This morning UCAS released their admission service figures for 2014.

 

You can read the full report here: http://www.ucas.com/sites/default/files/ucas-end-of-cycle-report-2014.pdf

 

My statement in response is below:

 

Commenting, Shadow Minister for Universities, Science and Skills Liam Byrne MP said:

 

"More people going into higher education is good news - as a country unless we get smarter, we'll get poorer. But today's figures show the mountain we've got to climb getting thousands more people from the poorest parts of Britain to university. That's why we've got to fix our broken university finance system, which this government seems happy to see fall off a cliff."

 

ENDS

 

Editor’s note:

 

1 Today’s UCAS report finds that: “For 18 year olds in England the entry rates to higher tariff institutions range from 3.2 per cent for the most disadvantaged fifth of areas to 21.3 per cent for the most advantaged fifth of areas” and that “in the most disadvantaged areas, the entry rate in 2014 for 18 year olds was 15 per cent for men and 22 per cent for women, making women around 50 per cent more likely to enter than men."