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Doubts raised over minister’s claim that English universities wanted devolved nation number controls

A storm is brewing over comments by universities minister Michelle Donelan that the government expanded the student number cap after lobbying by English universities.

When it was confirmed in early June that the temporary student number cap for England was also set to affect universities in the devolved nations, the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish administrations were not impressed. Student number controls in England were first proposed as a way to stop popular institutions from hoovering up too many prospective UK and (what remained of) European Union students following the collapse of the international student market.

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