Hannah Lendrum, of UCL, writes for The National Student on the predicted drop in undergraduate numbers at some universities:
34 universities are expected to see a drop in new student numbers of up to 12.6%.
The Higher Education Funding Council for England (Hefce) has made the predictions based on students’ choices for the coming academic year.
The report talks of a ‘squeezed middle’ of universities, caught in between those charging the lowest of the new fees – still high at £7,500 – and better regarded universities that can attract top-scoring students.
The ‘squeezed middle’ – including UCLAN, Edge Hill, Leeds Metropolitan and Sheffield Hallam – is expected to see drops of over 10% in undergraduate recruitment this autumn. University of East London will see the worst drop of 12.6%.
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