Thursday, April 23, 2009

Brain drain: are fees sending students to the UK?

UCAS has released some figures for applications to UK institutions, including those made by applicants who give Ireland as their "Area of Permanent Residence".

Applications from Ireland have risen by 13.5% already, compared to last year's total.

Table 6 - Applicants by overseas (including non-UK EU) country (> 600 applicants only) by 24 March

Country 2009 2008 Percent change
Ireland 5,425 4,780 13.5%

The applications show a reasonable spread across the UK - this is not just a case of people crossing the border in to Northern Ireland
Table 5 - Applicants by declared Area of Permanent Residence and country of institution by 24 March

Area of permanent residenceCountry of institution
England Wales Scotland Northern Ireland
Ireland 2009 3,795 1,014 2,734 1,674
2008 3,351 955 2,471 1,490
% change 13.2% 6.2% 10.6% 12.3%
Note - An applicant has a maximum count of 1 to each 'country of institution'. If an applicant's choices include multiple countries then the applicant is counted once within each 'country of institution' present.


Over the past few years the total figures look like this:
2005 6,586
2006 5,716 -13.2% (overall applications fell 3.2%)
2007 5,256 -8.0% (overall applications rose 5.2%)
2008 4,780 -9.1% (overall applications rose 7.8%)
2009 5,425 +13.5% (overall applications rose 8.8%)

It would seem at first glance that the prospect of fees being introduced here is already having an impact on where people are applying. The CAO figures might make for interesting reading.

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