Universities Wales response to the publication of the UCAS 30 June deadline release

In response to the publication of UCAS’ 30 June deadline release, Amanda Wilkinson, Director of Universities Wales, said:  

We are pleased to see the increase in applications to Welsh universities from both home and international students in today’s UCAS figuresThese figures reflect the distinct offer universities in Wales have for students including an excellent student experience, as reflected in the National Student Survey and our retention rates which remain the highest in the UK. 

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. 

However, it is important to remember that, while these figures are reassuring, we continue to operate in an uncertain environment, particularly in relation to the global impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. As such, these figures may not be a reliable indicator of the number of students who will join Welsh universities in the autumn.  

To all those who are coming to study in Wales, or thinking about doing so, you can be confident that Welsh universities are committed to providing an excellent academic and social experience while ensuring the safety and welfare of the whole university community. 



 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. 
  • According to UCAS 2020 Applicant Figures for the 30 June deadline, there has been a 6% increase in applicants to Wales when compared to the previous year. This includes a 15% increase in the number of international applicants from non-EU countries.  
  • It is important to note that not all universities recruitment goes through UCAS. For example: applications for apprenticeships, part-time courses and most postgraduate courses are handled in different ways.