Universities to be stopped from sidelining British students for foreign teens who

first_imgUniversities admissions will be monitored from next year to ensure British students are not being discriminated against in favour of foreign applicants who can pay more.An investigation by The Sunday Times showed that universities are increasingly recruiting lucrative overseas students, while at the same time, the number of places offered to UK teenagers is falling.Figures showed that from 2008 to 2016, the number British undergraduates at 23 universities fell by more than 33,000, the equivalent of more than 4,000 UK students missing out each year.In contrast the number of degrees offered to non-EU high students, who pay far higher fees, rose by 22,000. While British student fees are capped at £9,250 a year, foreign students can pay up to £35,000 a year, for subjects like medicine. Sir Anthony Seldon, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Buckingham Some foreign students pay more than triple the price for their courses  Sir Anthony Seldon said, if proven, discriminating against less lucrative British students would be very wrong Credit:Rii Schroer The investigation also showed that thousands of overseas students are being granted fast-track admissions without needing to take A-levels or an equivalent, instead completing a six month foundation course.Former education minister Lord Adonis said the findings were ‘seriously alarming’ and a ‘betrayal of the mission of universities’ while Sir Anthony Seldon, the Vice-chancellor of the University of Buckingham said such discrimination, if proven, would be ‘very wrong.’However the Department of Education has promised that the new Higher Education and Research Act, which will come into effect from April 2018, will monitor whether British students are facing discrimination.Universities will be forced to publish admissions, attainment and retention rates.A spokesman for the DofE said the new data would help ‘gain an insight into whether domestic students were being treated unfairly.’last_img read more