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Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (National): David Willetts comments on UCAS Provisional End of Cycle Report 2009/2010

Press Release   •   Nov 17, 2010 11:17 GMT

Commenting on the UCAS Provisional End of Cycle Report 2009/2010 published today, Universities and Science Minister David Willetts said:

“In a year of unprecedented demand for higher education funding, we kept our commitment to fund an extra 10,000 student places. There were more first year places this year in English universities than ever before.

“Going to university has always been a competitive process and not all who apply are accepted. Despite this we do understand how frustrating it is for young people who wish to go to university and are unable to secure a place. However, almost half of those without a university place at the end of clearing had either rejected an offer or chosen to withdraw from the process.

“There are other routes into a successful career. The Government has invested in additional apprenticeships, and we can help with getting a job or starting a business."

Notes to editors:

1. The UCAS Provisional End of Cycle Report 2009/2010 can be found online at

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