Plymouth University sees numbers of students rise
HUNDREDS more students have applied to study at Plymouth University this year, it has emerged.
Applications are up by 2.85 per cent compared with the 2012 figure, according official figures released by the admissions service UCAS.
A Plymouth University spokesman said: "Last year we received a total of 21,196 applications, versus a total of 21,801 applications received this year."
UCAS is expected to release the figures for the whole of England today.
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Earlier this month commentators were predicting a slump in the number of applications across the country.
But Plymouth's deputy vice-chancellor, Professor David Coslett, said: "These are very positive application figures.
"They show that in an increasingly competitive marketplace Plymouth University is excelling when it comes to attracting prospective students.
"Our blend of teaching excellence, student experience, award-winning research and unrivalled location are a powerful draw for people looking to take the next step in their education.
"What we do here at Plymouth University has a real impact, not just on those who study and work here, but on the city and region, and more widely through our world-class research, our commitment to innovation and sustainability and our ground-breaking partnerships at home and abroad."
Earlier, UCAS admissions data from mid-December highlighted how applications from English students had flopped to their lowest level since 2009.
But even then Plymouth appeared to be bucking the national trend.
The controversial trebling of maximum tuition fees hit applications for autumn 2012 places.
The December applications suggested that a hoped-for recovery in 2013 was not to be materialising in the rest of England.
Those who have applied for places at Plymouth have been invited to attend a series of applicant days being held in February and March.
These will give prospective students and their families the chance to tour the campus and the city, meet course staff and students leaders, and get a flavour of what Plymouth offers as a university and as a city.
Although the main deadline has passed, UCAS is still accepting applications.