University leaders warn that the proposed reforms in education and finance after 18 years in England will turn back time in the field of social mobility, limiting their own agenda of raising the level.
Representing 140 institutions, UK universities [UUK] recently submitted its full response to the government consultation on higher education reform.
UUK strongly opposes the introduction of a limit on the number of students, which would be most harmful to people from disadvantaged backgrounds.
In addition to limiting student choice, limiting the number of students fixes a disadvantage because students who are unable to move to enroll in university have fewer opportunities to apply and be admitted to university, making them more likely to choose a path with poorer employment outcomes.
Limiting educational opportunities is also counterproductive as the UK seeks to improve skills and meet the growing need for skills for graduates. In 2022, there were a million more vacancies for graduates than for graduates.
As part of its response to the consultation, UUK also raised issues with the use of minimum entry requirements.
Universities, which are likely to be most affected by the minimum admission requirements, are recruiting a large proportion of students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Some of these universities are also located in the state’s priority priority-raising areas, and declining enrollment numbers will have significant financial implications for them, limiting their ability to support their disadvantaged students and invest locally.
Universities have made significant progress in improving access to the university and in line with Data on the expansion of OfS participationthose who enter the university with the lowest level A have higher-than-average scores, suggesting that previous results do not determine a student’s success at the university.
Professor Steve West CBE, President of UK Universities and Vice Chancellor of UWE Bristol, said:
“Universities oppose limiting the number of students in the strictest way because it will do the most harm to disadvantaged students.
“We agree with the government that geography should not limit opportunities, and avoid limiting the number of students is very important if we want to create more training opportunities for everyone, regardless of their background.
“All higher education reforms must be in the interests of students as well as universities, business and society. We remain committed to working with the government to ensure that future policy decisions reduce inequality and wholeheartedly support the equalization agenda. ”
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