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Fees to be cut if Unis don't recruit poor students.

Fees to be cut if Unis don't recruit poor students.

Universities which fail to do enough to recruit poor students will have their fees cut by the watchdog, under new statutory powers.

Institutions which fail to get a grip on issues such as grade inflation and unconditional offers could now be subjected to financial penalties of up to £500,000 or two per cent of their income from fees and grants. The Office for Students (OfS), which was launched in 2018, gained its full legal powers on Thursday.

All universities must submit documents to the watchdog explaining what they will do to boost admissions from disadvantaged pupils, known as “access and participation plans”.

In order to charge the highest level of tuition fees, currently £9,250 for British and EU students, these plans must be approved by the OfS. If their plans are rejected, universities could see their tuition fees capped at a lower amount.  

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