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Still reeling

Universities and colleges continue to compute the implications of lifting student number controls, writes Alison Goddard.

The higher education policy world is still digesting George Osborne’s announcement that universities can expand their undergraduate numbers indefinitely. On Friday the Institute for Fiscal Studies analysed the autumn statement and concluded that "scrapping the cap on student numbers will increase the long-run cost to the public finances" and that the Chancellor’s proposals to pay for new student loans by selling old ones was "economically nonsense". 

We shall have a piece, available only to subscribers to HE, which examines those institutions that have substantially expanded their undergraduate numbers over the past decade and would be well-placed to continue this expansion. Note that many of the elite have purposely run them down in order to accommodate proportionally more postgraduates. We shall also be adding a piece on the lessons learned in Australia from lifting the cap on undergraduate recruitment to our package on the reforms.

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