Wales Shows It Popularity as Applications Increase; UNIVERSITIES: Colleges Outperforming English Rivals

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Byline: CATRIN WILLIAMS

SEVERAL universities and higher education colleges in Wales are now out-performing many in England when it comes to attracting students.

Latest figures show that five Welsh institutions are in the top 50 UK-wide for the year-on-year percentage increase in the number of undergraduate students applying to them.

Trinity College Carmarthen ranks fifth out of a total 209 bodies with a 32.8pc increase in application numbers on 2001.

Uwic is in 32nd place with a 16.6pc increase and the University of Wales College of Medicine at 37th with a 15pc rise.

Cardiff University is placed 44th with a 13.3pc rise and the University of Wales College, Newport, comes 46th with a 13pc rise, despite ranking in the bottom five UK-wide for the actual number of applications.

Further down the league table - seen as a more accurate indicator than actual numbers applying - is the University of Wales, Swansea, at 54th with an 11pc increase.

The Welsh College of Music and Drama, is placed 89th with a 2.8pc rise over last year's figures.

Overall Wales is up by an average of almost 10pc. …