An one more 20,000 university places will be done accessible for this autumn in a bid to cope with a surge in demand, the Chancellor voiced today.
The places, that will be especially for students study science, technology, engineering and maths subjects, will be paid for out of a one-off �270 million University Modernisation Fund.
It comes following fears that hundreds of thousands of would-be students could miss out on places this autumn, as universities face a jot down climb in applications.
The Government had imposed a top on one more places for UK and EU students study at English universities, and last month appropriation chiefs reliable that there would be 6,000 fewer places accessible this year than last year.
In his Budget debate today, Alistair Darling pronounced the one more places would concede us to have firm the suggest to the immature people and ease parents" regard that their childs initial ambience of hold up after propagandize or college will be a enlarged spell in the lot queue.
We have seen in past recessions what a rubbish of intensity this was and the long-term repairs it caused.
He insisted that universities contingency have potency assets and concentration their supports on peculiarity training and research.
The Chancellor said: We are dynamic to grasp this but deleterious key skills and the mercantile strengths.
To assistance them do this, we are going to yield one more one-off appropriation of �270m in 2010-11, by a University Modernisation Fund.
This will capacitate them to emanate 20,000 some-more university places, mostly in key subjects similar to science, technology, engineering and maths, starting in Sep this year.
According to Ucas total published last month, a little 570,556 people practical for university by Jan 22, the initial cut-off point for applications, up from 464,167 at the same point last year.
The 20,000 one more places will embody 10,000 full-time honours grade places, 5,000 part-time honours grade places, and 5,000 substructure grade places, at a cost of �250 million over 3 years.
A serve �20 million will be used by the appropriation legislature to see at mending potency in the higher preparation sector.
Sally Hunt, ubiquitous cabinet member of the University and College Union (UCU) said: Extra places for students should be a means for celebration, but with jobs at risk in both universities and colleges we will fundamentally see incomparable category sizes and increasing workloads for staff who tarry the cull. Anyone who doesnt think this will lead to a dump in the peculiarity of preparation is sadly misguided.
Other heading economies, such as France, Germany and America, are investing income in education, nonetheless altogether the supervision seems vigilant on you do the opposite.
Wes Streeting, boss of the National Union of Students (NUS) said: With jot down direct for places at a time of appearing cuts, we acquire this obligatory proclamation to account one more tyro places.
The origination of one more tyro numbers for science, record and maths will assistance to safeguard that majority students with the capability and end to good from higher preparation will not be left out in the cold this autumn.
It is critical however that these one more tyro places are entirely saved and that those who are charity them embrace full loan and accede to entitlements. We await the full costings of these proposals and will scrutinize them delicately to safeguard promises are kept and that the income is supposing to broach one more places.
Business Secretary Lord Mandelson said: This serve investment will concede universities and colleges to set up on their success and go on to expand, charity 20,000 saved places this autumn by a range of degrees students wish in the subjects that commercial operation and employers majority need.
Universities will right away be invited to bid for a share of the appropriation for one more places.