Commenting on today’s UCAS acceptance statistics, a Universities Wales spokesperson said:
“The recent applicant figures are in line with previous ones released by UCAS and point to a number of potential challenges, including demographic change and in particular, the decline in the number of 18 year olds in Wales. However, despite this decline the proportion of those 18 year olds in Wales choosing to go to university is at a record high.
“The figures released today only cover full-time undergraduates. Early figures from the Students Loan Company suggest a large increase in the number of part-time students in Wales, which will not be included in this data. Support for part-time students is one of the unique features of the Welsh Government’s student support package.
“We are proud to be part of a progressive system which provides opportunities for people of all circumstances to study and has the highest student satisfaction in the UK.”
According to the UCAS release, the proportion of 18 year olds from Wales entering university in 2018/19 is 29.6%, the previous high was 29.5% in 2016.
Early data from the Student Loans Company for 2018/19 shows a 50% increase in the number of Welsh-domiciled part-time applicants for student support. n