Universities are delaying decisions meaning some are failing to meet recruitment targets
A new survey carried out by the Time Higher Education indicates that some universities are missing their undergraduate recruitment targets, with many missing as many as 600 students. The report shows that some English universities are showing a 7.6% drop in placed students compared with 2012.
One of the reasons for the deficit seems to be universities hanging on to AAB students, under the new government system universities are able to recruit as many AAB students as they want benefiting the more selective universities whilst hindering others who would have had taken on the additional AAB students.
Sir Christopher Snowden, Vice President of UK universities has said that universities are prolonging their final decision of whether to offer students a place on graduate courses; this means that “there are good students…who are frankly trapped in the system because they haven’t been released.”
Whether all places will be filled by the time clearing has finished remains to be seen but many students may miss out on their choice of graduate degree as they wait for the universities to make up their mind.