More Sheffield youngsters are applying for university

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Education chiefs in Sheffield have welcomed figures showing more people from the city are going to university.

New figures from university admissions service UCAS show a 5 per cent increase year-on-year in people applying for higher education.

Sheffield Central was also home to the largest increase in the country, jumping from 7 per cent applying to 25 per cent.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, Liberal Democrat MP for Sheffield Hallam, said: “It is great that Sheffield has had such a large increase in student applications, especially from 18-year-olds who come from disadvantaged backgrounds.

“I am proud we are sending more people to university than ever before to learn the vital skills we need to build a stronger economy and fairer society.

“Despite all the fury and rhetoric by our opponents, this proves the system is working.

“Application numbers are up, applications from disadvantaged backgrounds are up and the total number of acceptances is at the highest ever level.”

A spokesman for Sheffield Hallam University said: “It is great to see an increase in the numbers of young people from the city
who are taking up the opportunity of a university place.

“A university education is a transformational experience, and the opportunity should be available to all who aspire to it.”

Heather Smith, Sheffield College principal, said: “We are pleased more young people are getting into university, and from diverse backgrounds.

“Our careers team and tutors are supporting increasing numbers of students into higher education with more getting there as a result of vocational BTEC extended diplomas, now accepted by Russell Group universities, as well as the traditional A-level route.”

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