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Cut throat recruitment at Universities.

Cut throat recruitment at Universities.

Some universities may be pushed to the brink of insolvency after the most cut-throat A-level student recruitment round vice-chancellors can remember, experts are warning.

The removal of the cap on the number of students universities can recruit, combined with a demographic fall in the number of 18-year-olds, has created a fierce new market in higher education. Prestigious universities are sucking up students who might previously have chosen mid-ranking institutions. The knock-on effect is leaving some universities without enough students – and their £9,250 fees.

Last Thursday, a week after results day, 352 higher education providers were still fighting for students in clearing – including 16 members of the elite Russell Group. And vice-chancellors say universities at all levels have been dropping grades to woo candidates.

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