Thursday 02-02-2017 - 14:45
Commenting on figures released today by Ucas which showed a 7% decline in university applications by Welsh students, NUS Wales president Fflur Elin said:
“It is disappointing to note the decline in Welsh students applying to study at university.
“For many potential students, the cost of living is a massive barrier to accessing higher education.
“We know that students face rising costs in all sorts of things, from transport and rent, to utility bills and resources like course books. What’s more, the cost of living could rise further after the UK exits the EU.
“This is exactly why we need a ‘made in Wales’ higher education system that meets our communities’ needs.
“In light of last June’s referendum, we also need to make sure that Wales is an attractive and welcoming place for EU and international students to study.
“It is important to remember, however, that university shouldn’t always be the default choice for everyone; supporting people to access further education, apprenticeships, and learning in the workplace and the community are equally important.”