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Sidelining of British students to be stopped

Universities 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, writes Sarah Knapton for The Telegraph.

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 of 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-European Union students, who pay far higher fees, rose by 22,000. While British student fees are capped at £9,250 (US$12,000) a year, foreign students can pay up to £35,000 a year for subjects like medicine. 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.
Full report on The Telegraph site
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