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Oxbridge Numbers Remain Steady as Others Seek to Grow

Posted by Richard Ward in

Over the past decade the number of undergraduates studying at the universities of Oxford and Cambridge have barely changed, which contrasts heavily with the expansion plans set out by other leading UK universities.

According to data released by UCAS, Cambridge has reported a rise in domestic undergraduate students of just 3% or 100 places since 2006 to 3,430. Meanwhile Oxford's intake of undergraduates remains exactly where it was 10 years earlier.

This contrasts significantly with other top universities. In particular Edinburgh has witnessed an 80% increase over the same time period to 6,185, whilst King's College London has seen numbers rise by nearly three quarters.

In 2012 when government decided to increase tuition fees to £9,000, they also lifted a cap on student admissions, which has led to a rise in the number of undergraduates in some subjects.

The disparity between Oxbridge and other universities might be attributed to the fact that courses at Oxford and Cambridge cost more than the current £9,000 limit, which is probably not the case at other universities. Moreover, Oxford university currently has an agreement with the council to cap their intake so they do not flood the city's limited rental housing market.

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