Despite the fact that the number enrolled in universities of UK students in 2009 increased by 5.5 %, competition in one place has increased. The growth of applications exceeded the number, and amounted to 8.7%. In 2008, the Universities of Britain received an average of 78 out of 100 applicants in 2009 was only 75 out of 100 applicants. The biggest increase in applications was from students over 25 years was 15.3%. Association of universities of the United Kingdom believed that this fact shows that the value of higher education becomes even more important during difficult economic conditions. Based on the BBC.