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August 2013

Gateway to university swings open

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The envelopes have been opened, the results passed onto anxious parents and for tens of thousands of youngsters the gateway to university and college has swung open

A record number of students have been accepted by UK universities following the announcement of this year’s A Level results.

Admissions service Ucas revealed 31,600 more applicants had been accepted by UK universities and colleges than last year – a rise of nine per cent.

Around 345,300 were accepted by their first choice. Another 98,740 were waiting for their results or decisions and 145,730 were eligible for clearing.

The body’s chief executive Mary Curnock Cook said: “Demand for higher education has recovered after a dip last year and universities are keen to accept qualified applicants.”

She added: “For some that means going through Clearing, where there are plenty of high quality vacancies. The Ucas website has all the information you need.”

Universities such as Salford also had their own clearing hotlines ( which opened on results day.

So how did this year’s Sixth Form leavers fare when it came to those actual results?

According to the official figures, the proportion of A levels awarded at least an A grade has fallen for the second year in a row.

A total of 26.3 per of entries scored an A or A* this year, down from 26.6% in 2012 when the pass rate at both grades fell for the first time in more than 20 years.

The number of A* grades achieved also dipped, with 7.6% of pupils reaching the top grade compared to 7.9% last year, according to reports.

However, the overall pass rate at A*-E rose slightly by 0.1% with some 98.1% of exams given at least an E compared to 98% last year.

Boys outperformed girls at the very top, with 8% achieving an A* compared to 7.4% of girls. However, girls are still slightly ahead on A* and A grades combined.

When it came to subjects Britain’s youngsters appear to be still turning away from modern languages, but economics was on the rise. Entries to that subject are up 50% on 2007.

New Look Student Show Home Revealed In Salford

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New Look Student Show Home Revealed In Salford

This is the first look at the new show rooms designed for a new class of student accommodation in the North West by Salford student accommodation provider Portergate Property Management.

Students and parents looking for hotel-class luxury in Salford can now get a taste of what’s on offer at Riverside House, built by Portergate Property Management.

The standard of accommodation unveiled in these images of the newly built student residence highlights the ambition for Riverside House, which opens its doors in September, to be recognised as the number one location for UK and overseas students in Salford.

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The stylish apartment on show includes a fully-furnished living space and fitted kitchen complete with high-quality appliances, including a dishwasher. En-suite bedrooms are also fully furnished and have dedicated super-fast wi-fi internet.

Riverside House is a unique development of 242 luxury en-suite student rooms situated on the Broughton Bridge riverbank of the Irwell as it flows through Salford and into the heart of Manchester, the UK’s second city.

Set in its own landscaped gardens, the landmark building on Blackfriars Road is walking distance from the University of Salford campus, Manchester city centre and Salford Central train station.

The emerging nightlife scene of Salford’s Greenbank Quarter is on its doorstep, while the vibrant cafes and bars of Manchester’s Cathedral Quarter and Deansgate are also within a 15 minute walk or a short bus journey.

Security and service are paramount at Riverside House. It will have a day time house manager, 24-hour concierge and on-site maintenance. For personal security, each floor and all rooms are accessed by swipe card.

Demand for the accommodation from UK and overseas students is already high. Riverside House, which is on schedule to open its doors for the 2013-14 academic year, represents a £7 million investment by Cheshire-based Portergate Property Management.

The company specialises in developing high-class, purpose-built student accommodation with more than 500 rooms ready to open, under construction or with planning consent across the North West.

The latest addition to its portfolio of developments is a £18 million city centre regeneration project in the Friargate area of Preston.

The company is looking to roll out its boutique student living concept across the North West. Its Preston development is scheduled to be opened for students in 2014-2015.

The Salford showroom is now available to view. If you would like to make an appointment, please email:

For further information on Portergate, investment opportunities or to reserve accommodation, please call +44 (0) 844 245 2688 now.