04/09/2016 BBC Wales Today


04/09/2016

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Good evening.

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The number of European students choosing to study at

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Welsh universities has hit an all-time high.

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More than 1,000 have been accepted on to courses here,

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that's up 11%.

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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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before the EU referendum.

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Caroline Evans reports.

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When more than 100 prospective students from the EU

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withdrew applications to study at Aberystwyth University

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earlier this summer,

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the acting Vice Chancellor was clear -

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he blamed it on the result of the EU referendum.

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But now, according to the latest figures from the universities'

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admissions service, here in Aberystwyth and in Cardiff,

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there has been a record number of applications from

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EU students for this term.

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Many in the sector say it is too early yet to know the long term

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effects of Brexit, but some believe this increase

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in applications may be a short term gain.

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I'm sure that the universities have been marketing the fact that these

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students pay the same fees as those in Wales, about ?3500,

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compared to ?9,000 normally, and then of course, they may be

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coming in anticipation of Brexit, maybe they want to have a chance

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later on, if Britain leaves the European Union, to come

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in on such favourable terms.

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While Cardiff University says Brexit has led to "little impact" so far

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on its finances, reacting to this latest data,

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Aberystwyth University says the numbers applying

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are still "measurably fewer" than predicted before the referendum.

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In a statement, they say:

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With students still able to apply until September 20th,

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the University of South Wales, Bangor and Glyndwr Universities

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all say they can't confirm how many EU students will be

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enrolled when term starts.

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But the Welsh Government has said the universities

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will continue to do their best to recruit overseas students.

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Meanwhile, Education Secretary Kirsty Williams says it will take

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time for educational reforms here to reflect pupils' performance

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in the Pisa international tests.

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More than 70 countries are signed up to the tests that assess

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students' skills in maths, reading and science

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every three years.

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Wales performed worse than the rest of the UK in 2012.

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The next set of results will be published in December.

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Some visitors at Festival Number 6 in Portmeirion say they've been

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stranded for hours as they try to make their way home

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from the annual music event.

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The bad weather caused vehicles to get stuck in the car park,

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with allegations that some tractor drivers were charging hundreds

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of pounds to tow cars out.

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Organisers said they had been made aware of this, and have since dealt

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with the situation - however, they are warning that

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conditions in one of the car parks are hazardous.

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Football, and Wales captain Ashley Williams says he has

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no intention of retiring from international football,

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ahead of the start of their 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign.

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His England counterpart, Wayne Rooney, has said

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the tournament in Russia will be his last.

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But 32-year-old Williams said they're now focused on getting

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another taste of the elation they experienced in the summer.

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Wales take on Moldova tomorrow at the Cardiff City Stadium.

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We are at home, the top seed, it's something that is a bit of a new

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thing, really, where we are not the underdog so much,

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probably in a lot more of the games as well and will

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have to manage that and deal with it.

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Our game where we think we can just roll up and it's going to come

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our way, and it's going to be over after 60 minutes...

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Every result we get is massive for us.

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Just as important as the last one.

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Doesn't matter who we are playing against,

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it's all about picking up and accumulating enough points

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to get us where we need to be.

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This is a tough group for us.

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For

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For different

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For different reasons.

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The global chocolate crisis caused by a cocoa shortage

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could be solved, thanks to scientists in Wales.

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Wild mango may be the solution,

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according to Bangor University researchers.

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They say mango butter can be used as an alternative to cocoa butter,

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and it's lower in fat.

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A quick look at tomorrow's forecast,

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and it'll be rather cloudy,

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

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over the coast and hills.

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Warm and humid though, with some brighter spells later.

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Top temperature, 22 Celsius.

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That's Wales Today.

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Nicola Smith will be here with updates in Breakfast from 6.25,

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but from all of us on the weekend team, thanks for watching.

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Goodnight.

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