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White Paper reforms may take UK higher education back to two-tier system

Proposals outlined in the UK government’s higher education White Paper, published on 28 June, could make some universities unviable, mission groups have said.

Under the government’s plans, 65,000 places will be made available for students achieving the highest grades at A-level. But some 20,000 places—7 per cent of the total and set to increase each year—will be reallocated to institutions charging an average of £7,500 (€8,500) or less a year.

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