Universities "should take pupil"s race into account" to help poorer students gain places

University applications plummet for second year running as 40,000 fewer pupils apply since introduction of 9,000 a year fees /12/02/article-0-0AF13319000005DC-856_634x435.jpg” width=”634″ height=”435″ alt=”On the decline: The number of applicants from England has fallen 14.2 per cent in two years following the imposition of higher charges” class=”blkBorder” /> On the decline: The number of applicants from England has fallen 14.2 per cent in two years following the imposition of higher charges The fees hike led to a sharp drop in applications last year but universities hoped numbers would soon rally. The latest figures, which show a further 6.5 per cent decline between 2012 and 2013, triggered renewed claims that fees are dampening demand for higher education.