Green Party's Jenny Hicks from Reading has some insightful words on her blog today about the drop in the number of students at Reading University.
Jenny says that "…the rise in tuition fees up to a maximum of £9,000 a year has led to a "clear drop" in the number of English students applying for university places this autumn, an independent analysis of the impact of the coalition's controversial reform has found.
"There are 15,000 missing applicants who might have been expected to have sought a place on a degree course this academic year but did not, according to the Independent Commission on Fees.
The raising of fees prompted violent protests on the streets of London and inflicted deep damage on the reputation of the Liberal Democrats, who went into the election pledging to vote against a fee rise. Published a week before A-level results come out, the report says that the number of university applicants in England dropped by 8.8% this year compared with the tally for 2010."