13th February 2003

 

UNIVERSITY IN DEMAND AS APPLICATIONS SOAR AGAIN

Embargo: 00.01 Friday 14th February 2003

 

Applications from students hoping to enrol at the University of Lincoln in September have shot up by almost 20 per cent this year, making Lincoln the second most popular university in the country.

 

Only Manchester University recorded a bigger rise in applications – their total rose by 21.8 per cent last year while Lincoln’s went up by 19.5 per cent.

 

Nationally applications to study at universities and higher education colleges rose by just 1.8 per cent this year, according to new figures released this week by UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).

 

Applications to study at the University of Lincoln have now risen for five years in a  row. A total of 11,249 students had applied to enrol on degree and foundation degree courses by 7th February 2003. On the same day last year the figure was 9,417.

 

The figures represent an amazing turn-round for the university, which saw student numbers fall from 10,000 to 6,600 between 1996 and 2000. That decline has now been arrested with a 20 per cent increase in new entrants two years ago and a further 10 per cent rise last September.

 

“There are a number of reasons why we are seeing such a radical improvement in applications and enrolments,” said university spokesman Jez Ashberry.

 

“We have removed a large number of joint honours programmes which tended to confuse the applicant and we have focused on the student experience.

 

“We changed our name in October 2001 and have undergone a fundamental restructuring of the institution, both in terms of buildings and campuses and in terms of the way we do things.

 

“New world-class academics working with existing staff have enhanced subject content and raised our research and scholarship profile, which we believe translates into increased student applications and an improved market position.”

 

About 3,000 first-year places are available at Lincoln. The top five most popular courses are Media Production, Psychology, Games Computing, Journalism and Law.

 

For more information contact: Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincoln (tel: 01522 886042)                       email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk