UK University Applications Drop Again
Written on Saturday, 05 January 2013 06:29

BBC News; 03 January 2013

University applications from UK students are down for the second year running, official figures show.UCAS admissions data from mid-December show applications from English students at their lowest since 2009. The trebling of maximum tuition fees saw a drop in applications for autumn 2012 but university leaders hoped demand would recover in 2013.A UCAS spokesman said it was too early to say whether overall applications would be down. The general deadline for applying to start university in autumn 2013 is 15 January, although people may apply later.

These interim figures were collated by UCAS on 17 December, by which time some 265,730 people living in the UK had applied to start degree courses this autumn, down 6.3% on the same point in 2012. Among students living in England, applications were down 6.5% on 2012 at 229,932. 

Pam Tatlow, Chief Executive of university group Million+ said: "The worrying trend of falling university applications continues, according to the most recent statistics published by UCAS."We urge the government to step in with a national campaign to promote the value of university for potential students currently considering their options, whether they are about to leave school or considering a university course later in life."

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Application Deadline Looms For Some Attractive Programmes in Dutch Universites
Written on Thursday, 03 January 2013 00:36

The Application Deadline is fast approaching for some attractive Bachelor programmes in the Netherlands, in some of Europe's leading Universities, in particular in excellent Liberal Arts & Sciences programmes and highly thought of Physiotherapy programmes.

01 February is the application deadline for Liberal Arts & Sciences at Utrecht University [University College Utrecht], University of Amsterdam [Amsterdam University College] and Leiden University [ Leiden University College]. Deadlines are later for other Liberal Arts & Sciences programmes at Maastricht University, Erasmus University Rotterdam and Tilburg University.

The deadline for applying to Physiotherapy in Saxion University of Applied Sciences is also 01 February, whereas Physio at Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences closes on 15 February.

Two Dutch programmes in Medicine, at University of Groningen and Maastricht University, close on 01 March and 01 February respectively


 
ALERT!! IMAT Date Brought Forward
Written on Thursday, 20 December 2012 23:50

Cambridge Assessment confirmed yesterday that the Italian Ministry of Education has brought forward by five months the date of the IMAT exam !!! The exam is now taking place on 15th April. Applications for IMAT will now open on 15th February and close on 20th March. IMAT is the entrance test for accessing the Medicine & Surgery programmes, taught through English, now being offered by six Italian universities.

It is understood that this move was made to accommodate international students who were having difficulties taking up offers that were made in September under the previous schedule, in that they only had three weeks to complete paperwork, find accommodation and move to Italy. The universities themselves were concerned that they were at risk of losing some high calibre students, as a result of this

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[Below: Universita di Pavia: one of six Italian Universities now offering a medicine degree programme, taught through English]



 
Under-25s most likely to regret not studying abroad says UK poll
Written on Friday, 02 November 2012 00:51

BBC News 01 November

People who don't seize the chance to study or work abroad risk regretting it later in life suggests a poll from the British Council.Only 21% of those surveyed had lived abroad for six months or more.Of the remaining 79% more than a third said they thought they would have had better job prospects had they done so.

Dr Jo Beall of the British Council said: "People are beginning to realise how vital international skills are for enhancing their careers."

More than 2,100 UK adults took part in the online poll conducted by Populus last month. The survey suggests the under-25s are most likely to feel they have missed out, with more than half (54%) saying their lack of international experience has held them back.

The British Council says it commissioned the survey as part of its work to help young people in the UK develop the skills they need to compete in a global economy. Dr Beall said recent research has shown that UK employers are increasingly looking for an international outlook above academic qualifications.


Above: Jagiellonian University, Cracow
"The bad news is that not enough people in the UK are taking opportunities to gain international experience. That needs to change if the UK will successfully compete in the global economy.Our recent research showed that while almost two-thirds of students felt they had an international outlook, they failed to see the potential career advantages to be gained from international experiences."


 
Top UK Universities Suffer Cut in Undergraduate Numbers
Written on Wednesday, 31 October 2012 20:48

The Guardian, 28 October 2012. About a third of universities in the elite Russell Group have suffered a drop in their undergraduate intake this year, after government changes to the way institutions recruit students.Vice-chancellors at the universities concerned fear they may have to cut spending on widening access to poorer students.

Wendy Piatt, the Director-General of the Russell Group, which represents 24 of the UK's most sought-after universities, told a BBC Radio 4 documentary that about a third of the group's English institutions had lost out.She said: "Having far fewer students than planned does create a real financial hit. It's hard to give a very accurate number, but across the Russell Group it may amount to something like £80m. It's a significant amount of money."

Universities can now recruit an unlimited number of the highest performing students, those who achieve A-level grades of AAB or above, under coalition changes intended to give more students their first choice.However, all English universities are capped on the number of students they can recruit at lower grades.After A-level results were published this summer, there was fierce competition for a small pool of high-performing students in clearing. Some leading universities have been left with spare capacity after failing to attract enough of these students.

Next year the government will take deregulation of student numbers further. Universities will be allowed to recruit as many students as they like from the wider pool of school-leavers with A-level grades of ABB or equivalent. Many vice-chancellors welcome the prospect of greater freedom, but warn of the consequences of an unexpected dip in income after this year's changes. Piatt said: "There'll be lots of efforts to make sure the students don't notice that, but it will have an effect.


 
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