University students face rejection

    July 16th 2010, 10:19am - Posted by Administrator

  • Economic stress is making lives more and more difficult especially of those who are planning to enter universities for further education. The new sting is all set to bite a huge number of students in UK. Around 75% of universities in UK are cutting down the admission seats available to British undergraduates this year. Despite of an overwhelmingly stimulated education market with 15% higher number of students trying to enter universities, around 220, 000 students may be left out according to a vice-chancellor of a prominent university.

    Indeed, speculation of long-term job shortages in the recession has been the main driving force behind attracting a higher number of students to universities. Professionals laid off in the economic downturn have joined the every-year-students going to universities. Three years ago such surge would have been welcomed by many universities but a recent cut of £200m was announced in the higher education commission this year made it unmanageable for universities to accommodate every student coming to them. In the face of surge in demand, the government has pledged 10, 000 extra places in universities for students but David Willetts, the universities minister, admitted that the pledged 10, 000 additional places for students will not be enough to meet the elevated demand. He also admitted that young people have been the biggest victims of “Labour’s recession”.

    Vice- chancellor of Salford University, Prof Martin Hall warned about a lost generation of young people may form as a result of being deprived of degrees. He said “A silent issue in the election campaign was the plight of up to 200,000 British school-leavers who will not be going to university in September this year.”

    “As with the rest of their generation, they have been encouraged to aspire for a university place. In previous years, each would have been adequately qualified for one or more offers.
    “What is more, this situation will probably persist for the next two to three years, resulting in a lost generation of some half a million young British adults being deprived of a higher education qualification.”

    The vice-chancellor of Worcester University, Prf David Green stated “I think there will be many tens of thousands of young people, in particular young people with good A-levels, who will just miss out on the university offer made to them, meaning they won’t get a place.”
    “My earlier prediction that there will be around 220,000 unhappy people will be about right. Of those, about 100,000 will be pretty well qualified and motivated students who would have been accepted in previous years.”

    It’s obvious that this year a greater number of students are competing to secure places in universities and are forced to compromise on their choice of universities owning to tighter admission criteria universities have put in place. A few universities professors said that the raised criteria are bound to deprive many “A” grade students who would have easily secured admission last year with their current grades.

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