Friday, March 18, 2011

Welsh university admissions - tighter limits

BBC Wales reports that there will be up to 25% fewer places at some Welsh universities this summer. The cap is to be enforced by the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW) to control the cost of financing student loans and bursaries.

Jenny Randerson, Welsh Liberal Democrat Shadow Education Minister commented: “We understand the need to cap student numbers. However, this is very stringent and it is bad news for students who wish to study in North Wales, mature students and those from poorer backgrounds, as they would rather study closer to where they live to reduce costs."

North east Wales students particularly would see their options closing down. Jenny added: "We will also see students crossing the border to English universities which will, in future years, have a great impact on the Education Minister’s ability to pay for tuition subsidy in Wales.”

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