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Embargoed to 0001 Monday May 16''File photo dated 16/07/08 of students as a survey suggests universities should do more to prepare students for life after graduation. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday May 15, 2011. More than half of students want their university to provide more help for them to understand 'employability skills', it found. The poll, conducted by the CBI and the National Union of Students (NUS), reveals that two-thirds (66%) of students want more help in developing skills such as team working, self-management, business and customer awareness, problem solving and communication. It comes a week after the annual CBI/EDI Education and Skills survey revealed that employability skills are the single biggest consideration for more than four-fifths (82%) of businesses when recruiting graduates. See PA story EDUCATION Students. Photo credit should read: Chris Ison/PA Wire
Embargoed to 0001 Monday May 16''File photo dated 16/07/08 of students as a survey suggests universities should do more to prepare students for life after graduation. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday May 15, 2011. More than half of students want their university to provide more help for them to understand 'employability skills', it found. The poll, conducted by the CBI and the National Union of Students (NUS), reveals that two-thirds (66%) of students want more help in developing skills such as team working, self-management, business and customer awareness, problem solving and communication. It comes a week after the annual CBI/EDI Education and Skills survey revealed that employability skills are the single biggest consideration for more than four-fifths (82%) of businesses when recruiting graduates. See PA story EDUCATION Students. Photo credit should read: Chris Ison/PA Wire
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A recent report entitled Student Towns, compiled for mutual insurer LV by Nelson Research, claimed that Lancaster could lose 4,874 students, or 37 per cent of the current year’s total of 13,186.

Researchers concluded that 47 per cent of students will live at home by 2020, as they and their parents seek to save money. Currently, only 21 per cent of full-time students live at home.

From 2012, when higher fees kick in, the report says that “property values in many student towns affected will decline, with rental prices plummeting.

Crime and criminal damage will increase as a result, and many properties will become vacant and even derelict.”

See the Lancaster Guardian (02-06-11) for full story.