UCAS says floods will not cause university crisis

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UCAS says floods will not cause university crisis

Warwick Ashford

News on thousands of student applications for full-time undergraduate courses at UK universities will not be delayed by floods, says the University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

UCAS headquarters are in Cheltenham, one of the areas severely hit by flooding, but the organisation said its buildings were on high ground and none had been flooded.

Byron Price, communications executive for UCAS, dismissed fears that the UCAS computer network had been affected and there would be delays in processing applications.

"We have a problem with the water cuts in Gloucestershire, but we still have a significant number of staff on site and all applications are being processed as normal," he said.

Price said some staff were working from home, and the UCAS customer-service helpline (01242 22 77 88) had been moved to an alternative site in Bristol as part of the organisation's business continuity plan because of the water cuts.

A notice on the UCAS website said the customer service helpline was in operation from 10am to 4pm daily.

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