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Sector leaders debate: how can universities weather the storm?

Mike Boxall, senior adviser in higher education at PA Consulting Group is quoted in an article in Times Higher Education following a roundtable event. The roundtable event, hosted jointly by PA Consulting Group assessed whether university leaders can weather storms such as the changing expectations of students and policymakers, impending Brexit and increased competition between institutions. 

Part of the discussion also focused on whether degree apprentices are becoming more attractive – offering students to chance to earn while they learn, rather than incurring huge debts. 

Mike says that: “These routes will gain in importance. At a crude level, half of the students coming through the system, they’re not having to pay off their loans five years out, and not making average earnings five or 10 years from graduating.”

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He adds that: "Students are asking why should I be committing three years of my life when I could be out earning?"

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