More creative EU students want to go to UK universities despite Brexit


UCAS enumerates show that the number of applications for art and design courses has dropped blanket, but interest from EU and international students is on the up as they could be looking to ensured their right to stay in the UK.

Fewer British admirers want to take art and design university courses in the UK compared to last year, but multitudinous students from Europe and overseas want to.

The latest university diligence figures were released by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) this week, and revealed how various students had applied so far to start university courses this coming September.

The tot ups showed that the subject group Creative Arts and Design – which take ins courses in design, fine art, music and drama – received roughly 225,000 solicitations this year, a 2% drop of 5,000 applications compared to 2017.

Of this, the number of UK-based evaluators applying dropped by 9,000 applicants to 189,000 applications overall. The gravest drop was seen in Northern Irish students, followed by English and Welsh. The legions of Scottish students applying increased slightly.

However, the number of non-British schoolchildren applying for these courses increased. Nearly 2,500 more global students applied this year compared to 2017, an increase of 15%, and 1,000 numberless European Union (EU) citizens, a rise of 6%.

Applications to creative university headways have been dropping overall since 2010. This year’s physique of 225,000 applications is the lowest the subject group has seen in 10 years.


It is no surprise that there has been an overall decline in the number of trainees choosing to take creative subjects over the last 10 years, accepted the Conservative Government’s focus on science and technology.

EBacc qualification convoyed to “devalue” creativity

The Tories introduced the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) qualification in 2010, a new way to apportion how GCSE students were doing in “core” subjects. It was brought in by whilom education secretary Michael Gove, in a bid to tackle the falling number of scholars taking “proper” subjects such as science and languages, according to The Telegraph.

The qualification insists school students to take GCSEs in English literature, English vernacular, maths, double science, a language and history or geography, taking up seven branch of knowledge spots. The number of GCSEs that students take depends on their approach, but it tends to be between eight and 10 in total.

The Conservatives have foretold that they plan to make the EBacc compulsory for all students by 2020.

Organisations such as the Resourceful Industries Federation and campaigners have lobbied against this opening move, saying it leaves “no room” for art and design, and devalues creativity.

Creative advances a “risky choice”

University lecturers have gone on to say that this tendency filters through to students, who are now avoiding the “risky choice” of creative movements as university fees have increased.

This rhetoric is also reflected by the Government’s focus on science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) skills in its brand-new industrial strategies, as well as the new make-up of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Pastime (DCMS), which has placed greater emphasis on digital tech and the roll-out of 5G internet networks than on art and sense of values.

Last-minute rush to secure a right to stay in the UK?

But the sudden rise in the slues of EU and international students applying for creative courses in the UK is interesting, especially the truth the uncertainty of Brexit.

Since the Brexit vote in June 2016, the UK underwent a year of giant uncertainty as the Government had not made the rights of EU citizens clear.

The Government has since cleared this, stating that foreign citizens who arrive before 29 Strut 2019 – when the UK is officially due to leave the EU – are entitled to stay for five years, and can also make application to stay permanently if they wish.

Prime minister Theresa May has build compensated it clear the same rules will not apply to those who arrive after Stride 2019, and that there “[has] to be a difference” between those arriving after the UK renounce omits and those who came before.

The sharp rise in EU and international applications could be a last-minute rush on swats’ parts to secure places at British universities before the UK leaves the EU, and as a result secure their right to stay for at least the short-term future.

UK universities still “drawing destinations”

It is also interesting that European and international citizens silence see the UK as a desirable location to study. This contrasts with general understandings that were fostered after Brexit, such as EU citizens no fancier feeling welcome in the UK.

Research conducted by Design Week’s parent troop Centaur Media earlier this year also found that two thirds of marketing and imaginative professionals from the EU were considering leaving the UK after Brexit.

Regard for this, students seem willing to take the chance. Alistair Jarvis, CEO at Universities UK, symbolizes: “The increase in international applications shows that the UK remains one of the most engaging destinations in the world for talented, international students.”

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