Shabana Mahmood MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Higher Education, has today responded to the news that universities are facing their biggest fall in applications for more than 30 years.
Official UCAS figures released today show that university applications from UK students have dropped by almost 12% compared to the same point last year. The majority of applications to date have been to Oxford, Cambridge and to the Medicine, Veterinary and Dentistry courses. Figures show that applications for courses with a 15 January deadline are down 9% on the same point last year.
It has also emerged today that one in ten potential students are being put off applying to university, according to a survey by Comres.
Shabana Mahmood MP said:
“These latest figures show that the Tory-led Government’s decision to treble tuition fees is putting young people off applying to university. It is unfair that many who have the ability to go to university are being put off from applying because of the high levels of debt that they will face.
“Labour believes that the Government should reverse the corporation tax cut for banks and use the money to help cut fees to a maximum of £6,000. That is the difference between Labour, which makes the next generation a priority, and an out of touch Tory-led Government that will restrict opportunity and damage the future of our economy.
“The unfair, unnecessary and unsustainable decision to treble tuition fees to £9,000, while cutting university funding by 80%, is putting many young people off university and threatening economic growth for this country and skills for the future.”