West of Scotland universities see rise in applicants

APPLICATIONS to South Ayrshire school leavers’ top choice of universities has increased across the board.

Figures from the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (Ucas) released last week indicate applications to Scottish universities have increased to more than 103,000, and the number of applications from Scots has reached a record high of nearly 40,000.

The more than seven per cent increase in applications to institutions north of the border is higher than in either England or Northern Ireland.

And South Ayrshire students’ preferred higher education destinations all saw their number of prospective students rise.

Latest figures from Skills Development Scotland show, of South Ayrshire pupils choosing to continue their studies at university, 12 per cent headed to Glasgow Caledonian and Strathclyde universities, ten per cent enrolled at the University of the West of Scotland (UWS), and a further ten per cent became students of the University of Glasgow in 2010/11.

This year, the University of Glasgow saw a 17 per cent increase in applications and Glasgow Caledonian an 11 per cent rise, while applications to UWS were six per cent up on last year.

At the time of going to press, South Ayrshire school leavers’ second favourite destination, the University of Strathclyde, had yet to provide figures on 2013 applications.