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Top colleges offer record number of places


Greg Hurst

The Times

14 August 2014 

PA Consulting Group’s Mike Boxall, a higher education expert, is quoted in an article in The Times on A-level results day, discussing the changing role of the clearing system and why some universities are offering incentives to attract the brightest students.

Commenting on the changing nature of the clearing process, where previously students who didn’t make the grades required from their first choice university would look for an alternative offer, Mike says: “Although students should not be treated as customers in the narrow sense, clearing is rapidly changing from a scramble for those who didn’t make their preferred offer to something more akin to the football transfer windows.

“Students are now using clearing to trade up and universities are looking to, in effect, poach people who are holding offers from elsewhere.”

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