We've got plenty to fight against. In recent months the Tories have been very keen to talk up the so-called 'economic recovery'. George Osbourne claims that the minimal growth showing in recent figures vindicates his austerity policies. In reality, not only has the British economy barely moved from stationary to first gear.
Now for those of you that have seen the Social Network - based on Mark Zuckerberg's incredible journey developing Facebook - you may remember the reference made about Harvard students who notoriously like to 'create their own jobs', rather than follow the conventional transition from University to graduate positions.
UCAS have argued however that the drop in numbers may be down to a higher proportion of people accepting places in the previous year. But they do admit that their report reveals that young people from more disadvantaged areas and backgrounds will be almost three times less likely to apply to university compared to richer peers.