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Think tank run by former May adviser takes aim at universities

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Institutions with the lowest median graduate earnings are giving unconditional offers to students “who would have been better off not going to university” and rewarding their vice-chancellors with significant pay rises, a report has claimed.

The centre-right think tank Onward, led by prime minister Theresa May’s former policy adviser Will Tanner, said in an analysis that universities issuing the most unconditional or “conditional unconditional” offers—which depend on the applicant picking that university as their first choice—also offer the poorest graduate earnings. 

In its analysis, published on 8 February,  Onward added that vice-chancellors at institutions with lower graduate earnings have seen their salaries rise three times faster than leaders at universities boasting the highest graduate earnings.

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