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30 universities could ‘close or face merger’ over lack of students


The Lucy Sherriff

The Huffington Post UK

25 June 2013

The Huffington Post UK has run an article on PA Consulting Group’s survey of higher education leaders, highlighting the finding that “more than three-quarters of university heads believe numerous universities will fail or declare themselves bankrupt due to dwindling student numbers and damaging government reforms”.

The article sets out some of the key concerns for university leaders as identified by the survey. These include the demise of grant funding for teaching and the decline in student demand from home and EU postgraduates. Other concerns highlighted in the article include universities’ inability to grow alternative sources of profitable revenue and the challenge of providing students with better value for fees.

The article concludes with a short quote from Mike Boxall, PA’s higher education expert and co-author of the report: "We are witnessing a sea change in the dynamics of higher education."


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