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Why all universities matter, if social mobility matters

Why all universities matter, if social mobility matters

Alex Smith argues in the Yorkshire Post that the concentration on Oxbridge and other ‘selective’ universities for their poor record on recruitment is misplaced. The ‘heavy lifting’ to bring students into higher education and to widen opportunities is done by the bulk of the rest of our universities. Yet, it is precisely these universities that face the most severe cuts and their students that will have least resources directed toward them if the Government plans for differential tuition fees comes to fruition.

Perhaps there is a wider message for the Governement, too, that in announcing that they want a strategy for growth, they are starving universities that act as local engines of growth of the necessary ‘fuel’. The UK is alone among comparable countries in cutting, rather than expanding, the budget for higher education.


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