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A narrowing gap between supply and demand

British universities recruited more full-time undergraduates than ever before this autumn, writes Alison Goddard.

The number of people entering full-time undergraduate study rose 6.6 per cent in autumn 2013, according to figures released today by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service. Applicants returned almost to levels seen in 2011 but the proportion who accepted a place increased.

The BBC says that record numbers entered university, The Guardian reports that high tuition fees in England failed to deter students, The Financial Times says (£) more students from poor households have entered higher education, The Daily Telegraph (£) highlights the lower entry standards of this year’s intake and The Independent reports that many universities are expanding.

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