Staff at 40 universities are awaiting with trepidation publication of the A-level results.
Admissions tutors already have the exam results that candidates will gain on 17 August and are busy matching applicants to places. It is the third year since restrictions on student numbers were removed in England. Applications have remained high, despite a decline in the number of 18-year-olds.
However an analysis of data published by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service, conducted by HE, shows that fewer students accepted places at more than a quarter of UK universities between 2014 and 2016. If the trend continues, it will place institutions under further financial pressure and put jobs at risk.