HEPI report on student numbers

07 August 2014

Commenting on a new report by the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) on the impact of uncapping student numbers in Australia and the consequences of implementing this policy in England, Dr Wendy Piatt, Director General of the Russell Group of universities, said:

“This is a timely report from HEPI and reiterates our serious concerns about ending student number controls. Now that the Government no longer intends to use the sale of the student loan book to fund the uncapping of student numbers in England, we would urge them to abandon the policy or at least consider much more robust ways of controlling costs and quality.

“We would be extremely concerned if the substantial funds required to pay for additional students were taken from the already very stretched budget for research and higher education. It would be very worrying if this policy leads to less funding per student. Good teaching requires proper levels of investment.”

Notes to Editors

  1. HEPI's report can be read here: http://www.hepi.ac.uk/2014/08/07/hepi-publishes-detailed-study-removing-student-number-controls-australia-mean-england/

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