University set for student increases

SCARBOROUGH is set for an huge influx of new students after the town’s university confirmed bumper figures for the new term.

Bosses at the University of Hull, Scarborough Campus, have revealed around 450 new students will take to lectures in the new term.

The news comes as thousands of students nationwide face missing out on places due to the flood of applications ahead of the hike in tuition fees next year.

The university announced earlier this year it would be joining institution’s across the country in charging the maximum £9,000 yearly figure from 2012.

Students are currently paying £3,375 on tuition fees.

However, Dr Craig Gaskell, Principal of the Scarborough campus, said the admission figures once again showed the university was building a burgeoning reputation amongst students.

He said: “This will be the biggest ever intake we have had and at the moment we cannot take any further offers at the moment

“The confirmations that we have had show the students who applied for the university have done very well in their exams.

“We will be getting some very good students with some very good qualifications.

“The university is currently extending its marine sciences laboratories and this will allow us to increase our capacity to make space for more environmental and science students.

“The university has also been very busy in clearing and the message to local students is that although we can’t take offers now things do change.

“If anyone does express an interest they will be considered if places become available.”

Scarborough’s student increase highlights the national clamour for university places as A-level passes rose across for the 29th consecutive year.

Thousands of students have also been left desperate after the national Universities and Colleges Admissions Service’s, which helps students find places on courses, crashed due to high demand.