Ucas data suggest fears of a spike in delayed starts yet to materialise

The number of students choosing to defer their entry to university in the UK has dipped, despite fears of a coronavirus-fuelled surge in delayed enrolments, according to Ucas data.

Figures released by the admissions service on 25 June showed that the number of students opting to defer the start of their degree had fallen by 0.7 per cent year-on-year, while the number confirming a place for an immediate start this autumn was up by 1.2 per cent.

Most undergraduate applicants will have chosen which of their university offers to accept by now, since the deadline for most institutions was 18 June.

Some 500,340 applicants have confirmed their intention to start courses in September, compared to 20,690 who are deferring. The respective figures at the same point in the admissions cycle last year were 494,530 and 20,840.

Read more : Anna McKie : Times Higher Education : 25 June 2020