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Comment on university places announcement

In response to the announcement from BIS of changes to the allocation of university places Libby Hackett, Director of University Alliance, said:

“The changes announced today are a step in the right direction, increasing our ability to place students at the ‘heart of the system’.  These changes will create more flexibility for students to apply to the courses that are most in demand, which will mean that the ambitions of the White Paper can be more fully realised.

“However, the fact remains that this September there will be 25,000 fewer student places in universities compared with last year.  With youth unemployment at record levels and social mobility at a standstill it is essential that we explore how total growth of the sector can be achieved.  For the UK to remain globally competitive it is important that the Government takes steps to increase overall student numbers.”

Notes to editors:

  1. University Alliance Website: www.university-alliance.ac.uk
  2. Media contact: ahenry@university-alliance.ac.uk | 07833 236 629.
  3. The January 2012 Grant Letter to HEFCE confirmed that 10,000 modernisation fund student numbers will not be consolidated and an additional 5,000 student numbers have been removed to reduce the risk of overspend. Of the 20,000 Core and Margin numbers – the vast majority of which has come out of HE numbers – around 10,000 have been allocated to universities and around 10,000 to FE Colleges. The result is a further reduction of around 10,000 university places.

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  1. [...] The first and central of these is the possibility that somewhere between 30% and 40% of student loans will never be paid back. Previously, the write-off rate for loans was about 26%. The Treasury is concerned by the new higher write-off rate and, as a result, has insisted on the continuation of the cap on overall student numbers first introduced in 2008. It has also overseen a further tightening of the cap over the last two years, with an estimated 25,000 university places taken out of the system. [...]

    December 12, 2012 at 6:07 pm

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