Welcome for increased number of applicants for Dundee and Abertay degree courses

Laurie Bidwell

30 January 2012

Figures released today by the the UK University and College Admissions Service (UCAS), show an increasing number of applicants for places on degree level courses at our two Universities in Dundee beginning in August this year.

After the shenanigans about the SNP's proposed forced merger of our two Universities last year, it is good to see that applications to both institutions show a healthy increase with Abertay attracting a higher increase in applicants than Dundee.

Table showing applications to individual universities and colleges recruiting students through UCAS for autumn 2012

Institution name 2011 Degree 2012 Degree % change
University of Abertay Dundee 5,622 5,898 4.9%
University of Dundee 18,086 18,580 2.7%


While Scotland has bucked the trend in England of decreasing applicants to Universities, countrywide analysis of applicants indicates a decline in the number of applicants from disadvantaged areas in Scotland.

This may unfortunately be the result of mounting unemployment amongst graduates.

It will be important to monitor this to ensure that the decline this year if not the beginning of a trend.

UCAS ably supports students making applications to any University in Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

This begs the question as to whether this is another trusted and successful UK institution that, post independence, we should be excluded from?

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