3rd September 2015
The removal of the students numbers cap on UK universities has led to a bumper year for admissions, figures from the University and College Admissions Service have revealed. Some 426,070 had gained places since receiving their email results, with 154,850 more looking for places through the clearing system.
The 426,070 students who have gained places at university mark a 4% increase over the previous year. The changes resulting from the removal of the numbers cap have helped to support the growth in admissions, as Mark Bramwell, Associate Director of Sixth Form Colleges at the Association of Colleges, observes,
“This year it's the universities who are competing, rather than the students, with increased use of unconditional offers, a 2% increase in students getting their first choice and extensive use of bursaries.”
A-level results day is always an incredibly busy one for all those involved in university admissions. The UCAS contact centre handled in excess of 16,000 calls over the course of the day and ucas.com received 110,689 unique visits.
With university admissions on the up, demand for high end student accommodation has also shot up, as Eri Cuanalo, CEO of Collegiate AC, which provides luxury student accommodation in cities across the UK, notes,
“Those studying at UK universities have never had a better range of accommodation options to choose from. The market has changed dramatically over the last few years and students at universities up and down the country can now opt out of chilly, run down halls and instead spend their uni days in luxury.”
Cuanalo cites Gateway Apartments in Edinburgh as an example of what today’s students have come to expect from their accommodation. Set in a quiet and elegant enclave, the collection of strikingly contemporary studio, one, two and three bedroomed apartments offer residents seriously high end facilities. In addition to the en-suite bathrooms and high gloss kitchens, each room comes with comfy double bed, desk area and plentiful storage space. The building also includes work rooms for group study sessions, a common room and in-house cinema for relaxation and a private gym.
“It’s not just the universities’ admissions teams who are vying for students’ attention,” comments Cuanalo. “Students are becoming a lot more savvy about the type of accommodation in which they can live while at uni. It’s a great inspiration and has pushed us to think bigger and better with every single building that we develop.”
For more information on contemporary student accommodation across the UK, visit services.collegiate-ac.com or contact Collegiate on 01235 250 140.