Thought-provoking article by our Vice-Chancellor on the Guardian website.
Our Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Robert Burgess, has written a piece which appears today on the Guardian's Higher Education Network website.
Under the headline 'Talented students may lose out on places at top universities', Professor Burgess argues that Government student number controls will penalise higher education institutions which have worked hard to pull their weight on widening participation in HE.
Referring to last year's white paper on HE, he says that in order for the proposals therein to work:
Three things must be in place – better information for students, variable tuition fees and the freeing up of student numbers so that places follow demand. We largely have the first two, but student numbers have only been partially freed. This creates, in effect, a half-market that rewards socially elitist institutions while penalising many of those who have worked hard to improve students' experiences of university and received excellent scores for student satisfaction. The result may well be a contraction in the very part of the sector best placed to deliver the white paper's core aims.
Professor Sir Robert Burgess