Leading universities ‘given more freedom to expand’

In an article in the Telegraph, 21/03/13, Graeme Paton reports that for the first time, institutions in England will be able to recruit unlimited numbers of teenagers gaining the equivalent of an A and two B grades at A-level from September.

Top universities will compete to recruit around 115,000 of the brightest sixth-formers this year under plans to relax controls on student places, it was announced today.

The move represents a sharp rise in the number of students who are not subject to strict controls as part of reforms designed to allow the most popular universities to expand.

Last year, universities were able to recruit unlimited numbers of students with two As and a B – affecting 85,000 sixth-formers.

This autumn, number controls will be lifted for students with ABB, affecting an additional 35,000, it emerged.

Universities face fines for recruiting too many students who fail to achieve these grades.

The Russell Group, which represents 24 leading universities including Oxford, Cambridge and Imperial College London, welcomed the relaxing of controls, which have already enabled a number of institutions such as Bristol to expand.

By Graeme Paton, Education Editor, The Telegraph. Click here to read the article © The Telegraph.