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UCS: University sees applications soar to five times national average

09:30 01 February 2014

UCS sees 19% rise in applications

UCS sees 19% rise in applications


University Campus Suffolk has received almost five times the national average in applications this year.

Statistics published by UCAS have revealed a 19% rise in applications to UCS, bringing them to the highest level since 2012 when fees for the institutions were introduced.

The national rise in applications submitted before the January 15 deadline this year was just 4%.

It comes as the university campus takes steps to become an independent institution with the power to award its own degrees.

The number of applications from students outside of the region has also increased by 2% which, according to provost Richard Lister, “indicates that UCS has begun to build a reputation nationally”.

“The rise in applications is positive news for the institution as we move towards independence and gaining our own degree awarding powers and university title,” said Mr Lister.

“We have seen applications to UCS continue to grow following a period of uncertainty within the sector following the fee rise. There now seems to be a real desire from young people to develop their knowledge at university level and also amongst mature students realising the potential they have and what a degree can help them achieve.”

In December last year the university campus announced it would be making staff cuts after failing to attract enough students.

In an email sent by Mr Lister it was revealed that about 4,500 people are enrolled at UCS, despite a target of 7,500 students by 2015.

He said: “There is a significant gap between what we earn and what we spend.” £2 million would need to be saved from the budget which came “overwhelmingly from student fees”.

Yesterday Mr Lister said the rise in applications wouldn’t affect this review.

“The restructuring is not solely to do with the number of students, it’s where the students are,” he said. “What we will be doing is making sure that we have people at the right place and in the right course… to enable us to grow.”

He said the rise in applications had been reflected across the board, “which is really encouraging”.

UCS is moving towards becoming an independent university.

Seven new members have been appointed to the UCS board in preparation for a move towards a new governance structure and gaining power to award its own degrees.

Degrees from UCS are currently jointly validated by the University of Essex and the University of East Anglia. In order for them to award their own degrees they must demonstrate effective self-government and management.


  • @Ipswich Ent - UCS already does both of those things. There's a graduate scheme with many companies in the area including Willis, BT and even I believe the Ipswich Star. They also have business enterpriser and innovation centre and the Atrium which is offers start-up office and studio space for graduates (and others)

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    Scott Brock

    Monday, February 3, 2014

  • I sincerely hope the university goes a step further than just award degrees.. perhaps some post-education support to help graduates find work. Most universities don't want to know... the first step would be to liaise with employers and get them to commit to a certain number of starters each year. It surely wont be enough for most graduates - of course not saying all graduates would be suitable for employer needs anyhow - but it would certainly be an encouraging factor to apply for a university that has a scheme in place to allow graduates to apply with employers both on a local level and UK-wide. An enterprise scheme to help graduates start up in business would be a crucial bonus for the town and Suffolk.

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    Ipswich Entrepreneur

    Sunday, February 2, 2014

  • Great news. I don't know what they continue to refer to a target of 7500 students by 2015 this should have been revised along with the new fee system. That figure was set long before the new fees were announced and under the old system was probably achievable in the time frame but with the arrival of the new fees it was always going to stall progress for a couple of years whilst people adjusted to the new system. The rise is encouraging and when they get degree powers next year that will boost applications even further.

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    Scott Brock

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • Perhaps the Star should send its reporters and sub-editors on a statistics course at UCS so they can stop running headlines that contradict the figures in the story. A percentage increase that is five times the national average does not mean the total number of applications increased five times, not does it mean much in itself without some context to the starting total of UCS compared to the national average. Small base numbers with small increases in numbers can give a high percentage rise but one that does not reflect real achievement.

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