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Ucas Website Crashed In 2002: No University Fees Then

by | 19th, August 2011

UCAS has crashed. The scramble for University places at clearing is such that the UCAS site has crashed. Numbers applying for a place at college are 1.3% on last year. This is front-page news on the Independent:

“Desperate students crash clearing system”

The Telegraph:

“Desperate scramble for a place at University”

The Times:

“Universities slam door on 90,000 applicants”

The Mirror wheels forward a union man:

The TUC’s Frances O’Grady said: “Because of the rush to avoid next year’s fees hike, and the Government’s refusal to fund any extra places, record numbers will lose out on higher education.”

We have already written on the value of abolishing the TUC, and the value of degrees.

The message from anti-cuts and anti-fees campaigners is clear – because of the hike in fees, students are desperate to start higher education before they come into force next year. The BBC has featured this angle on its news over and over.

But hold on a moment. Back in 2002, the Independent reported:

The sheer volume of hits by students seeking clearing caused the Ucas website to crash temporarily yesterday afternoon.

No fees hike needed back then…

Meanwhile, if you want to get into university, do try to be attractive:


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(Left to right) Students Alison Coxon (5 A*) and Claire Abrahams (3A* and 1A), celebrate receiving their A level results at Withington Girls School in Manchester.

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