EU student numbers up by over 40% at some UK universities

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Following the removal of controls on undergraduate places at UK universities, a number of higher education institutions in the UK have seen EU student numbers rise.

Applying a minimum number of 100 students recruited in 2015, English universities leading the list included University of Northampton (47% rise), Newcastle University (45% rise) and University of Southampton (43% rise). In Scotland, Abertay University saw a 116% rise, while in Wales, Swansea University saw a 63% rise.

Universities said that the rise came after they had chosen to step up recruitment and increase the diversity of their intake. In addition, EU students are entitled to public-backed loans for tuition fees.

A Newcastle spokesman said: “The removal of student number controls has certainly given universities more flexibility to accept EU students. This, together with a deliberate strategy to recruit high quality EU students in order to further promote diversity in our student body, has contributed to our rise in EU student intake.”

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