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UCAS applications up

The number of people applying to study at the University is rising, according to UCAS figures published today.

Overall undergraduate applications are up by 15 per cent compared with last year.

This figure compares with a sector-wide drop of 7 per cent.

Applications to Edinburgh made via UCAS for entry in September 2012 have increased by 9 per cent from the UK as a whole.

High employability

It is the first year that the figures have included the Edinburgh College of Art, which became part of the University last summer.

Applications are up by 15 per cent from those living in Scotland, 3 per cent from England and 23 per cent from Wales.

The only decrease in applications is from those living in Northern Ireland.

EU and overseas applications have risen by 24 per cent and 33 per cent respectively.

The University is ranked 15th for employability in the QS World University Rankings, one of the most widely recognised global comparisons of higher education providers.

Nearly 95 per cent of graduates go into employment or further study.

Degree flexibility

Students who come to Edinburgh can benefit from the four-year degree, which offers greater flexibility and breadth in how and what they study.

The University also offers undergraduates the most generous bursary package within the UK for the lowest household incomes.

Bursaries are being made available as a result of this year’s new indicative fee level for undergraduate students from the rest of the UK (RUK).

This has been set at £9,000 per student per annum.

Financial support

All RUK-domiciled students from the lowest income households are eligible for a bursary of up to £7,000 a year.

This means if they are studying for a four-year degree they could receive a total of up to £28,000.

They will also be eligible to apply for access awards of up to £5,000.

The UCAS application figures are very encouraging and highlight Edinburgh’s desirability as a place to study. In a competitive environment with big changes in student funding, the levels of interest in the University as a whole reflect its quality and reputation.

Professor Nigel BrownSenior Vice-Principal for Planning, Resources and Research Policy

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