Record demand for student places at University of Derby

Demand for a place at the University of Derby in September has reached record levels, officials have said.

The university said it had received a record 20,686 applications for September 2011, an increase of 22.4%, compared with a national rise of 5%.

Higher tuition fees in 2012 are thought to have contributed to an increased demand from students this year.

Registrar June Hughes said: "It's great for the university, the city and the region to attract so many students."

She added: "We know that applications are rising as people try to secure a university place before tuition fees increase next year, but the national rise is only 5%.

'Huge scramble'

"It's a testament to the way that the university has made itself a viable option for students across the UK with its excellent facilities, great courses and most of all its friendly and supportive atmosphere."

Despite the record demand, the university said some places were still available for the coming year.

Traditionally, several dozen places would be available through the University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) clearing system in August.

However, a spokesman said these might not be available in 2011.

He said: "Nationally, there's going to be a huge scramble for students this year."

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