70% of university civil engineering departments have severe to critical problems recruiting students. 75% have seen student numbers fall.
Applications to civils courses starting September 2001 dropped 5.3% on September 2000.
96% say students' grasp of maths is inadequate, over half that students struggle to get a grip on structural engineering, 41% that standards of literacy are wanting and 9% that students suffer communication problems.
59% of departments are working harder for less cash than five years ago. Student to staff ratios have increased by over 150% in the last five years.
Only 28% of universities claim their civils courses are viable going concerns.
27% of civils graduates never join the industry.