THE number of students applying to study at the city’s university has dropped.
The University of Sunderland has confirmed the number of applications is down on the same period last year.
The situation follows a national trend where there has been a decline in would-be students for the second year running.
A university spokesman said: “As these latest national figures show, our applications are slightly down compared to the same period last year, like the vast majority of universities across the UK.
“However, there is still some time to go before the application process ends and prior to the Christmas break we were still receiving high volumes of applications on a daily basis.
“As in previous cycles, a high percentage of our applications are received post Christmas up to the January 15 deadline.”
Ucas admissions data from mid-December showed applications from English students were at their lowest since 2009, but a spokesman for the organisation said it was too early to say if overall applications would be down.
The trebling of maximum tuition fees saw a drop in applications for autumn 2012, but university leaders hoped demand would recover in 2013.
These interim figures were collated by Ucas on December 17, by which time some 265,730 people living in the UK had applied to start degree courses this autumn, down 6.3 per cent on the same point in 2012.
Pam Tatlow, chief executive of university group Million+, said: “We urge the government to step in with a national campaign to promote the value of university for potential students currently considering their options, whether they are about to leave school or considering a university course later in life.”
University and College Union general secretary Sally Hunt said: “The bottom line is that hiking up the cost is likely to have an impact on people’s decisions when it comes to further study.”