Number of UK-born university applicants slumps by 8%
But is an 8% drop really a slump? 'Slump' suggests a major fall in applications to me. The Guardian standfirst says:
In the year fees of up to £9,000 kick in, 283,680 people apply for university from within UK, compared with 306,908 last yearIf my sums are correct that's a fall of 23,228 applicants. Sounds like a lot. But how many places are there to apply for? Also, as one of the commenters on the story notes, last year was a boom year for applications as prospective students rushed to beat the fee increase. Maybe we need more context.
So is the story about a slump or just a fall?