Greg Hands welcomes boost for students in Chelsea & Fulham

Local MP for Chelsea & Fulham, Greg Hands, has welcomed the latest UCAS data showing that university application rates for 18-year-olds remain at record levels.

The proportion of disadvantaged students applying for university is also at a record high, with 22.6 per cent of disadvantaged English 18-year-olds having applied to university courses, by the UCAS deadline in January.

This follows statistics released last week which showed that a record proportion of state school pupils are going both to university, and to highly selective universities. 77 per cent of young entrants to Russell Group institutions in England were from state schools, and 90 per cent of young entrants to university more broadly came from state schools.

In Chelsea & Fulham, 62 per cent of 18-year-olds applied for university by January 2018, compared with 42 per cent in 2009.

Commenting, Greg Hands MP said: "This is really encouraging news. The hard work of this Government ensures more young people have the opportunity to make the most of their talents.

"There is more to do, but with the proportion of disadvantaged 18-year-olds applying to university at record levels, we are making really important progress.

"To enable all young people to choose the route that is right for them, the Government is also investing in apprenticeships and technical qualifications, so all of our youngsters are able to get on in life."

To ensure university courses offer good value for money, the Government has announced a major review of student financing, frozen the tuition fee cap and raised the repayment threshold to £25,000, saving graduates up to £360 per year from this April.