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Minimum entry requirements, a marking boycott and more words about free speech

Top of the agenda this morning is a report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies on the likely impact of minimum entry requirements for undergraduates in English universities. Chris Parr brings us news of the IFS analysis.

Not surprisingly, the think tank says the introduction of any minimum entry requirements would only increase the already large socioeconomic gaps in higher education and would disproportionately affect ethnic minority students. The proposal to use GCSE attainment as a barrier to accessing student loans, according to the IFS, would “exclude many who do seem able to ‘engage with and benefit from’ their degree, at least based on their performance at university”.

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