The government has announced it will lift the cap on the number of students universities can recruit. Having already lifted the cap on the number of top performing students universities can attract, they intend to widen access to all.
The result will be more students than ever attending university. Is it as good as it sounds?
Lifting the cap has been cast as a fitting tribute to the famous Robbins report in its 50th anniversary year. The report, published in 1963, was the first comprehensive study of the effects of higher education. It established evidence for the higher productivity of graduates, leading higher education policy for decades.
Following in its footsteps, today’s government argues that widening access to university will be good for individuals, and for the wider economy. The increased productivity will contribute to a more innovative, dynamic workforce, enabling Britain to better compete in the global market – and contributing higher taxes to the Treasury. Continue reading