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Universities receive their annual grant letter as concerns grow over finances

The government took the opportunity of the last day before the parliamentary recess yesterday to let universities know their grant for the 2023-24 financial year. It did not exactly channel the spirit of the Easter bunny.

The annual guidance from education secretary Gillian Keegan sent to James Wharton, chair of the Office for Students, set out her priorities for the coming year, stressing that it was “more important than ever for students to pursue higher education studies which are in their own best interest and that of the wider economy”, as opposed, presumably, to wilfully pursuing useless studies that do neither them nor the country any good.

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