14/09/2012 14:03 BST | Updated 14/09/2012 14:03 BST

UK Universities: One In Three Top Universities 'Still Trying To Fill Courses'

Almost a third of Britain’s leading universities still have places available with less than a week to go before the application deadline, following a sharp drop in student applications, The Daily Telegraph can disclose.

Seven out of 24 institutions in the elite Russell Group are still advertising vacancies on more than 1,000 courses days before the start of the academic year.