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An extra 1500 people applied to Durham last year, despite a massive tuition fees hike.

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Durham bucked the trend of falling uni admissions to record an extra 1500 applications this year, an 8.25% increase on last year.


Numbers fell by 7% across the country thanks to a hike in fees that sees a three-year course costing £27,000.


But Durham had no problems attracting the cream of the crop: 25,000 applied with about two thirds of that number expected to be rejected.


Durham's Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Anthony Forster credited the seeming invulnerability to the university's status as a top three university.


"Durham remains an extremely popular choice with applicants because of our academic success, the first-class student experience offered by our colleges and the opportunities available through extra-curricular activities such as sport and community outreach", he commented.


The news comes as even more of suprise in the wake of reports that revealed applications to universities in the North-East fell overall by 11.2%.


This result places the region as the second worst in the UK in terms of drops in application. Results that do not bode well for nearby universities of Newcastle and Northumbria.


Durham student James Bradley questioned the social implications of these reports. "Durham is already considered a staunchly middle class establishment. With the rise in tutition fees, how many of these new applicants will be from disadvantaged backgrounds?"