04/09/2016 BBC Wales Today


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The number of European students choosing to study at Welsh

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universities has hit an all-time high.

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More than a thousand have been accepted on to courses

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Cardiff and Aberystwyth universities both received a record number

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of applications from EU students for this term.

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But Aberystwyth say the numbers are still fewer than predicted

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When more than 100 prospective students from the EU with true

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applications to study at Aberystwyth University earlier this summer, the

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Acting Vice Chancellor was clear. He blamed it on the result of EU

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referendum. Now according to the latest figures from the University

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admissions service here in Aberystwyth and in Cardiff there has

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been a record number of applications from EU students for this term. Many

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in the sector say it is too early to know the long-term effects of

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Brexit, but some believe this increase in applications might be a

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short-term gain. I am sure the universities happen marketing the

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fact that you would pay the same fees as those in Wales, as compared

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to ?9,000 normally. And then of course they might be coming in

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anticipation of Brexit and what a chance later on if Britain leaves

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the EU to come in on such favourable terms. While Cardiff University says

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Brexit has led to little impact so far on its finances, reacting to

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this latest data Aberystwyth University says numbers applying are

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still measurably fewer than predicted before the referendum. In

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a statement they see Brexit has undoubtedly been a factor with

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applicants looking at what the options are on their own countries.

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And allegedly they say this will have an impact on our finances. With

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students still able to apply until September the 20th, the University

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of South Wales, banger and other university say that they cannot

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confirm how many EU students will be unrolled when term starts. The Welsh

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government has said the universities will continue to do their best to

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recruit overseas students. Meanwhile the Education Secretary said it will

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take time for educational reforms here to reflect pupils performances

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in the International pests. More than 70 countries are signed up

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to the tests that assess students' skills in maths, reading

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and science every three years. Wales performed worse than the rest

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of the UK in 2012. The next set of results will be

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published in December. Some visitors at Festival number 6

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in Portmeirion say they've been stranded for hours as they try

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to make their way home The bad weather caused some vehicles

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to get stuck in the car park. Organisers have apologised and say

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they're providing recovery vehicles. Football, and Wales captain

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Ashley Williams says he has no intention of retiring

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from international football, ahead of the start of their 2018

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World Cup qualifying campaign. His England counterpart Wayne Rooney

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has said the tournament 32 year old Williams said they're

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now focused on getting another taste of the elation they experienced

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in the summer - As summer school, there is was not a

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bad one. Of the European Championship lifted Wales both

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through the rankings and in the eyes of the fans. But it is -- it has

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also raised aspirations and so the next challenge begins. The 2018

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World Cup qualifying campaign. 11th in Fifa world rankings, whilst take

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on Moldova, ranked 165th. But Wales have been tripped up by smaller

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nations before. We do not think we can roll up and have it, our way.

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And that it will be over after 60 minutes. I sat here two years ago

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before the end only in game where everyone thought it would be the

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order for adding to be easy and we did not play very well. We got

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planned Bassett after the game. But the taste of success over the summer

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has left them hungry for more. I have to use that word desperation.

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Every result we get is massive for us. For the captain Ashley Williams

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a busy summer was topped by a move from Swansea to Everton. If Wayne

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Rooney is planning his retirement from international duty is Ben

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Williams has other plans. I am not retiring today unfortunately. I feel

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good, I am enjoying it. I love coming to play for Wales. But with

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success comes a new challenge. We're not the underdogs. We have to manage

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that and deal with it. A sell-out crowd is expected tomorrow, kick-off

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is at 745. Rugby, and Cardiff Blues

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got their Pro12 season off to a good start -

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picking up a bonus point, with their 34-16 win over Edinburgh

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at the Arms Park. Fly half Steve Shingler totted

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up 15 of those points A quick look at the forecast, and

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rain will spread east overnight - affecting all parts by dawn,

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with minimum temperatures As for tomorrow, it'll be rather

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cloudy, with light rain and drizzle during the day, along with fog over

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the coast and hills. Warm and humid though,

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with some brighter spells later. That's Wales Today -

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I'll be back with your late bulletin Hope you can join me,

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until then, thanks for watching

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