Nottingham is most popular university, say UCAS
- By: Helen Barratt
Nottingham has overtaken Leeds as the most popular university in Britain. Official figures published by the University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) show that it is attracting more applications than any other higher education establishment: 46 686 students competed for about 4500 places in September 2002.
Although it has been ranked as the most popular university (in terms of applications per place) for several years, this is the first time that it has been the favourite choice overall. The total number of applications has risen by 17.5% from last year, beating previous favourite, Leeds, which had only 44 893 applicants, an 8.7% rise on 2001.
Other favourites include Bristol with 37 599 applicants, and the universities of Manchester and Birmingham with 37 067 and 34 409, respectively. Oxford and Cambridge also saw application numbers rise, and, although Cambridge remains the favourite with 12 952 applications (15.1% more than last year),