Applications to Sussex rocket by 32 per cent

Applications to study at the University of Sussex in 2010 have increased by a record-breaking) 32 per cent on last year, according to the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

The figure puts Sussex 12 percentage points above the national average increase –19.7 per cent – for degree-level applications, and among the highest performers of the research-intensive universities such as the 1994 Group, of which Sussex is a member.

Current applications for the University stand at 15,339, up 32 per cent on last year  (11,651). This does not even include the 2,670 applications to the Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS), which has itself seen a 21.6 per cent increase.

The rise in application numbers goes across arts, social science and science subjects at Sussex. Those subjects that have seen the biggest increases in applications include: business and management studies, law, biomedical sciences, mechanical engineering, human geography and art history – with applications up by 50 per cent or more.

University of Sussex Vice-Chancellor Professor Michael Farthing put the growth in applications down in part to an emphasis on responding to student demand for high-quality programmes and an enhanced student experience. He says: “While we cannot increase our intake of home and EU students which are capped by government, this growth in demand reflects the quality of the experience we offer students. We will continue to ensure we focus on and improve that still further in future.”

The University is also attracting significant growth in overseas students and in postgraduate students, having admitted over 50 per cent more overseas students to postgraduate taught programmes in 2009.

Applications from overseas students and for postgraduate programmes typically arrive later in the year, so consistent comparative data for 2010 applications are not yet available at institution level. The University expects similar significant growth in overseas interest to continue.

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The complete set of statistics relating to applications can be viewed on the UCAS web site at

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Last updated: Monday, 8 February 2010