While reading the UCAS report for my previous piece on applications from those living in poorer areas, I found a paragraph beginning with the headline above. It was on page 4 so I suppose it‘s unfair to have expected the BBC or STV staff to have found it. Had they seen it, they must surely have published it. Here it is:
‘In 2018, the application rate in Scotland increased across all groups aged 20 years or
older, with record high application rates across the majority of older age groups. This continues the general upward trend seen since 2006. In England, application rates from
the majority of older applicants decreased, with the exception of 21 year-olds. Application rates in Wales showed similar declines, with increases seen only in 21, 23, and 40 to
60 year-olds. Application rates in Northern Ireland also declined for older age groups, with the exception of 21, 25 to 29 and 40 to 60 year-olds.’
It’s pretty good news, I’d say. As ‘lifelong learner’ myself, or a slow-learner as some of my relatives would have it, I like the idea that even among the 40 to 60 year-olds we see an increase in applications. This is a mark of a better more inclusive society along with many of the other measures reported here in previous days and weeks.