Applications to Sheffield University on the increase

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Applications to Sheffield University have risen by four per cent this year - and admissions officers have increased the number of offers they’ve made by the same amount.

The rise means the university is likely to take in more students than previously, thanks to changes to the system which allow institutions to recruit as many well qualified young people as they like.

The move is part of a plan by the Government to free up the system and allow more good students to win a place at their first choice of university.

Lynsey Hopkins, Sheffield’s head of admissions, said officers encouraged more young people to apply who might otherwise not consider higher education was for them.

Because of the changes, many teenagers were now receiving offers from all five of their preferred universities, she added.