Universities prioritising foreign students when it comes to allocating places
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British A-Level students are said to be being discriminated against by universities who are prioritising places for foreign students. This comes after a study from The Sunday Times showed that whilst universities are taking on more foreign students, offers to those in the UK have steadily declined with a drop off of over 4,000 students a year between 2008 and 2016. This potentially has to do with the fact that some students from abroad can pay up to £35,000 in a degree related to medicine whereas UK student’s tuition has been capped at £9,250. It has also been found that in some cases, foreign students have been offered a ‘fast track’ entrance to UK universities through a six-month foundation course that bypasses the need to complete the equivalent of A-Levels. As a result, universities' applications will be monitored as of next year in an attempt to prevent discrimination against British students through the Higher Education and Research Act, which comes into effect April 2018. Vice Chancellor of the University of Buckingham, Sir Anthony Seldom, stated that it was an inevitability that as universities became more commercial, they would look for ways to increase revenue. However he also said that it would be “very wrong”, should it be proven that UK students have been discriminated against. The Department of Education, who will be carrying out the monitoring, have stated that universities will need to publish their “admissions, attainment and retention rates” in order see how inequality or bias in the selection process can be appropriately tackled.
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