Unconditional offers for students surge to record high, as universities ‘ignore Government warnings’

A quarter of students now receive at least one unconditional offer, the latest figures show, despite Government pressure on universities to crack down on the practice. The Telegraph reports

Fierce competition between universities to attract students has seen the number of unconditional offers surge from 2,985 in 2013 to 75,8453 this year, up by more than 2,440 per cent. In the past year alone, there has been a 12 per cent rise.  

Nick Hillman, director of the Higher Education Policy Institute, said “The only way to tackle the issue seriously is by collective action,” he said. “Given all the warnings in the past, one might have expected last year to be the turning point for unconditional offers. I think this will lead to a big new row about university autonomy”.

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