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University of Sussex is a popular choice with potential students

* 14 February 2003 *

University of Sussex is a popular choice with potential students

The University of Sussex is proving a hit with potential undergraduates. Figures released today by UCAS show almost 12,000 people applying for places in October 2003, up from under 10,500 at this stage last year. This is an increase of over 14%, more than five times the national average.

The University's own detailed figures show that Sussex is proving popular across a wide range of subjects in the arts and sciences. Subjects like Anthropology, Biochemistry, Drama, Economics, English, Geography, History, Law, Music and Psychology have all seen applications up by over 25%.

"I am delighted that all the work we are doing to show what the University can offer to potential students, and to make our curriculum more relevant and attractive for students, seems to be paying dividends," says Vice-Chancellor Professor Alasdair Smith. "I am confident that students will make the right choice for their future in coming to Sussex."

The University of Sussex has made a number of changes which seem to have proved successful. It has introduced a new curriculum for its arts subjects starting in 2003, which offers students new and innovative combinations of subjects.

The University has arranged more tours and events for students and parents to show them the Falmer campus. It has organised more visits out to schools in the South East to talk to pupils about what university has to offer them. And it has been undertaking more outreach work locally with particular groups who are under-represented in higher education.

The figures published today by UCAS (the Universities and College Admissions Service) show applications as at 15 January 2003 for degrees starting in October 2003 for all higher education institutions in the UK. Applications to the University of Sussex were running at 11,932 compared to 10,454 at the equivalent point last year.

In addition to these increases, there have been nearly 1,000 applicants for the 128 places at the new Brighton and Sussex Medical School, which will open this autumn.

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