PA’s Paul Woodgates, higher education expert, is quoted in the Financial Times. Paul gives his view on the future of English universities in light of the government white paper.
To inject competition into the top of the system, the white paper announced that universities would be allowed to recruit as many students who attain the equivalent of two As and one B at A-level as they wish. Quotas will only apply to students from below that – and quotas will be cut to keep student numbers in check.
Commenting on the impact of the white paper on universities, Paul said particular pressure would apply to "institutions in the middle that have sought to emulate UCL or Oxbridge. That’s not going to work any more... They won’t get research funding; they won’t attract AAB students."
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