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Complainant Name:
Mr Richard Kamm

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Observer


Mr Richard Kamm complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper had published a number of inaccurate figures relating to current UCAS applications.


The complaint was resolved when the newspaper published the two following corrections - the first prior to the involvement of the PCC - both online and in print, and removed the incorrect statistics from the online article:

A box accompanying "My dreams of going to Oxford were dashed" (First Person, last week, page 25) said misleadingly: "Over the past four years there has been a dramatic rise in university applications - 2007 saw just 402,831." That figure was actually recorded on 24 January 2007; the full-year figure for 2007 totalled 534,495, far closer to today's 618,116.

A box labelled "University Challenge" (News, 17 April) contained several inaccuracies. We said applications from 21-year-olds grew by 15.3% on last year and those from 24-years olds rose by 11.4%.The figures should have been 5.2% and 4% respectively. We also said that there had been a 22.7% rise in applications for degrees in medicine and nursing. This figure actually relates to non-degree qualification choices allied to medicine. Similarly, a reference to a 28.2% increase in business degree applications referred to non-degree choices. We apologise for these errors.

Date Published: 29/06/2011

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