The number of applicants to UK universities for entry next year is 8 per cent lower than at this time last time around, raising fears that the recent rises in fees might have reduced demand for places at the country’s well-regarded universities. Applications will continue coming in for months to come, but 145,000 candidates have applied for places – down from 158,000 last year, when the maximum tuition fee rose from £3,375 to £9,000 as part of a market-led reform. Financial Times The Independent Daily Mail The Times