THE: Marginal incentive: coalition ‘blinks first in game of chicken’

The government has made changes to the number of ‘core-and-margin’ places that will be open to bids in 2013. Commenting on the changes, Libby Hackett, director of the University Alliance, said that 60 to 70 per cent of students at University Alliance institutions were on professionally accredited courses, for which demand would be “relatively stable”. Such programmes could even be expanded in the wake of the policy revision, she suggested.

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