UCAS’ aim is to help learners make informed choices that are right for them; guiding them, as well as their parents and advisers, through the entire higher education application process. UCAS processes over 2.5 million applications every year, for some 650,000 prospective students across the UK and beyond; helping them gain access to more than 370 UK and EU universities and colleges. UCAS also run several specialist application services – UCAS Teacher Training, UKPASS (UK Postgraduate Application and Statistical Service) and UCAS Conservatoires. Another important area is carrying out research, consultancy and advisory work for schools, colleges, careers services, professional bodies and commercial businesses. Data collation is an important part of our work, allowing us to provide advice, insights and statistics to our partners and stakeholders.