Record fall in university take-up
There has been a record fall in the number of people taking up places at UK universities this year, says a rnews report from the BBC.
Nearly 54,000 fewer people started courses this autumn than did so last year, the admissions body UCAS says.
UCAS says some of this is explained by demographics and changing behaviour on gap years.
England, where maximum fees have almost trebled to £9,000 a year, saw the sharpest drop in people taking places in 2012, with a 6.6% fall.
The UCAS figures show the fullest picture yet of students who were the first to apply to study in the UK under new tuition fee policies.
Numbers of people from Wales who accepted places around the UK rose 5%, while those from Northern Ireland fell 3.7% and those from Scotland were slightly up (0.3%).
More Welsh students came to England to study, while fewer English students headed to Wales.
Read more about this disturbing trend here.