News: Welsh universities have largest increase in applications in UK

Welsh universities have largest increase in applications in UK

In response to the UCAS figures released today (6 February) for the 15 January deadline, Amanda Wilkinson, Director of Universities Wales, said:

“We are pleased to see today’s UCAS figures show Wales buck the UK trend with a substantial 6% increase in the number of applications to institutions in Wales. With Wales continuing to have a more pronounced demographic dip in the number of 18 year olds than the rest of the UK, these figures are a testament to the hardwork of Welsh universities.

“Universities in Wales have a distinct offer for students. Wales has, for the second year in a row, the highest student satisfaction in the UK and the highest retention rates in the UK. As a sector we will continue to build on what differentiates us, focusing on providing those who choose to study in Wales with an excellent student experience.”


Notes to editors

  • In 2019, the Study in Wales brand ran substantial marketing campaigns delivered to target audiences in England throughout November, December and January to raise awareness to students applying for 2020 admissions.
  • Total applicants in the UK system are up 1.2% on 2019.
  • The proportion of Welsh 18 year olds applying has reached a record high, with almost a third of all 18 year olds (32.7%) applying to HE.
  • Welsh institutions have seen a 6% increase in applications. This despite the number of 18 year olds in Wales decreasing by almost 2%.
  • We have seen an increase in applicants to Wales from Wales, England, Northern Ireland, EU and non-EU
  • For more information contact Kieron Rees (