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Record university freshers intake

Aberystwyth University
The university is welcoming 2,700 new students

Aberystwyth University says it is welcoming a record intake of student freshers for a second successive year.

Officials said 2,700 first years, an increase of 12.5% on 2008, were moving to study in the Ceredigion town.

Last year about 50 students were housed in temporary accommodation after a surge in numbers, but the university is not anticipating problems this year.

It said people who had applied for accommodation by a 31 August deadline had been allocated a room.

It said every student place had been filled within a few hours of the announcement of the A/AS level results on 20 August.

The university said recruitment had been strong in all subjects in arts, sciences and social sciences.

The science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects of computer science, physics and mathematics had been particularly popular, added the university.

There is also a large increase in the number of international students.

Professor Noel Lloyd, the vice-chancellor of Aberystwyth University, said: "The exceptional demand for places is testimony to the high quality of academic facilities and the learning environment at Aberystwyth.

"I am particularly pleased that this is across the whole range of our provision."

He added: "All first year students who applied for university accommodation by the deadline of 31 August have been allocated accommodation in university-managed accommodation.

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