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11th Aug 2022
UCAS Clearing Opens
For students still seeking places at university for this coming academic year, the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) clearing process has now opened for 2022 and will run until October 18th.
Students can apply for university places through clearing providing they meet any of the following criteria;
Russell Group Clearing Places
Amongst all higher education institutions in the UK, there are 27,702 distinct courses available through clearing from 330 providers (at the time of writing).
Of the 24 prestigious Russell Group universities, 17 providers list courses with clearing spaces available.
The 7 universities without clearing spaces are as follows;
During the pandemic and the resulting inflation of A-level results, some universities reported significant growth in their student body. The over-recruiting of students during this period has led to some universities from offering any spaces via clearing at all.
Figure 1 below highlights the year-on-year growth in acceptances split by those universities with clearing spaces and those without. What is clear from the data, is that those institutions that reported strong acceptance growth, are much less likely to have spaces available through clearing. Meanwhile, non-Russell Group universities which on average reported lower acceptance growth and therefore did not overrecruit, are more likely to have spaces available.
Figure 1: Acceptance Growth YoY
|Russell Group Uni's With Clearing Spaces||1.46%||13.97%||3.13%|
|Russell Group Uni's With No Clearing Spaces||4.05%||22.26%||-3.94%|
Courses Available by Institute
Amongst the Russell Group institutions, there are a total of 2606 courses available. Please note that due to the nature of the data provided, the number of available spots on each course isn't readily available.
Whilst not indicative of the total spaces, figure 2 below details the institutions with the highest number of courses (at the time of writing).
Subjects Available by Type
By grouping course names, a clearer understanding can be gained of which course types are undersubscribed for this coming academic year at Russell Group universities.
At the top of the list by percentage, approximately 11.9% of the courses available through clearing are related to foreign languages. This was followed by engineering courses, which equated to 11.8% of those available.
Unsurprisingly, lower down on the list, subjects related to medicine make up less than 2% of the total.
Other course types that are more readily available through clearing include Physics, English and Mathematics, equating to shares of 6.0%, 5.2% and 4.8% respectively.
With the number of 18-year-olds set to rise, leading to the possibility of future demand growth, competition between students for their preferred spaces is likely to intensify. This could lead to the most popular courses at the best universities from being made available through clearing. However, as the data shows, plenty of universities still have spaces available and providers of accommodation should be conscious of ensuring appropriate marketing strategies are in place to make the most of this late demand.
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