If, like us, you’ve a few more miles on the clock than most of this week’s UCAS clearing candidates, cast your mind back to 2001, the year many of them were born.
2001 delivered a dip in the UK birth rate. There are approximately 200,000 fewer UK-born people turning 18 this year than last. The birth rate dip lasted till 2002, so the picture will be the same for the 2020 cohort, before bouncing back with a 400,000 increase in 2021.
What does the birth rate dip mean for universities in this clearing cycle?