Year-on-year decline in Sheffield Hallam University applications

Sheffield Hallam University.
Sheffield Hallam University.

The number of people applying to study at Sheffield Hallam University has fallen in each of the last five years, figures reveal.

Statistics revealed using the Freedom of Information Act showed 63, 385 people applied to study there in the 2013/14 academic year - but this had fallen in each of the last five years and by a total of nearly 7000 applications by last year to 56, 506.

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Last year, The Star revealed the number of people applying to train as nurses and midwives at the university fell by 24 per cent after NHS bursaries were replaced with loans.

And nursing leaders said at the time that the sudden slump was 'hardly surprising' given student nurses now face paying annual tuition fees of more than £9, 000 and resulting in debts of £50, 000.

But Hallam University bosses dismissed any sort of crisis and claimed their undergraduate nursing and midwifery course was 'over subscribed' despite the fall in applicants.

A university spokesperson also said today that the fall in applications generally was in line with a reduction nationally in applications.

They said: "Nationally, undergraduate full-time applications to universities have gone down which has been driven by a variety of factors including; a demographic fall in the number of 18-year-olds in the population as well as a fall in the number of mature applicants in a strong employment market.

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"Despite this the number of full-time undergraduate students studying at Sheffield Hallam has remained broadly similar, with acceptances increasing by four per cent in the context of a 1.5 per cent decline in applications in 2017/18.

"We are also experiencing an increase in applications for other study options such as higher and degree apprenticeships, full-time post-graduate study as well as applications from international students.”

"The university is committed to improving access to higher education for people from all backgrounds and we have a number of initiatives ongoing to achieve this.

"In 2018/19, Sheffield Hallam will have delivered nearly 1000 schools and colleges engagement activities to over 50, 000 students.”

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he statistics also showed the number of people accepted into the university remained fairly consistent over the five years.

There were more than 18, 300 accepted five years ago, and in the last four years this remained at between 17, 109 and 17, 821.