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Applications to the University of Worcester have reached a new record high, rising by just under six per cent this year - double the national increase reported by UCAS today.

The number of UK students applying for places at Worcester by the 30th June deadline for entry this September rose to 12,939, up by 5.99 per cent compared with the same time last year. Nationally, applications from within the UK increased by 2.7 per cent in the same period, and overall by 3.1 per cent.

Professor David Green, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Worcester says his university’s strong graduate employment record and the effort it makes to prepare students for the world of work may explain its popularity.

“We are delighted to report that our applications are up on the record year of 2011 and our graduates are finding good jobs in record numbers with 19 out of every 20 in employment within six months of graduation,” he said.

The fact that more young people from England have applied to university this year than last is good news for the country’s future prosperity and dynamism, which will rely on people being well-educated, quick thinking, creative and thoroughly professional, he added.

“Our universities educate the country’s future scientists, doctors and nurses, lawyers, teachers, engineers, midwives, graphic designers and professional and business people in all fields of purposeful economic and social life,” he said.

The most popular courses this year at Worcester include nursing and midwifery, emergency care, primary and early years teaching, psychology, sports and exercise science, business management and history.

The university works closely with businesses, schools, hospitals and community organisations across the region.

“This approach is helping our students and graduates go on to more success in greater numbers than ever before,” said Professor Green.